Sunday, January 09, 2011

Over Charged

I'm running out of outlets in my apartment. In one electrical socket, my Water Pic is getting charged. I'm typing as my Compaq laptop is plugged in and staying at 100% power. My Black and Decker Dust Buster vacuum is getting replenished in yet another outlet. In the opposite wall's outlet, my pre-paid cell phone is being juiced up from an extremely low battery and right above the phone, my brand new Sonic Care Electric Toothbrush is maxing its charge. All of these modern conveniences have the wonderful quality of mobility. But, they also have the downside of being rendered useless if too long removed from their power source. I think there is a Bible school lesson or sermon illustration in that scenario somewhere!

Let me go back to that Sonic Care Electric Toothbrush for a minute. It was a Christmas gift to me from Dave and Sally who are satisfied customers of the product. I brought it back from Kansas not having used it and opened the box in Houston. The directions said to charge it for twenty-four hours before initial use. So I charged it for twenty-four hours, which became forty-eight, which became seventy-two, etc. The truth is, it's been eight days and that electric toothbrush is fully charged and still charging..... but never used. Aren't we like that, sometimes? We want to serve and we recharge our spiritual batteries and recharge some more and some more....and we leave the work of the kingdom undone. We're so concerned about being ready that we do nothing, and sit on the table just like my brand new Sonic Care Electric Toothbrush. It's charged, it's ready, and it's idle. Well, maybe tonight or at least tomorrow. In John 4, the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus DID NOT tell his disciples that sometime in the future the crops, meaning the lost, would be ready to be gathered. In verse 35, the Master told his men that, "They (the fields) are ripe for harvest," while the Samaritans from the village of Sychar were coming out to hear what He had to say. His first two words in verse 36 were, "Even now." I need to add those my words to my spiritual vocabulary....and probably to my dental vocabulary as well. That toothbrush is as charged as it ever going to be.

Applicable quote of the day:
"Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait...The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don't count."
Robert Anthony


God bless,
Steve
Luke 18:1

E-mail me at steve@hawleybooks.com

5 comments:

Mike said...

Wonderful post. :-)

Clint said...

Yes, good food for thought. But I am reminded of a lesson taught during my Walk To Emmaus a few years ago---that we need to remain "plugged in" to God always. Thanks, and God bless...

Weezer said...

Thanks for stopping by and joining my followers at Weezers Haven. I've joined your list of friends, too. I admire what you do here on your blog. I think I can learn from you. It's always good to hear God's word from someone new. I like a new perspective. With God's will, I'll be going back to Belize in April.
Have a blessed day.
Weezer

Mumsy said...

Great post Steve. Isn't it amazing how we can find lessons in just about anything. Hugs and blessings!

Mr Saint said...

Your blog makes me reflect deeply. How equipped one should be in order to take action?