Lessons from Losing Power

So last Monday evening we had a big thunder storm pass through. I love watching thunder storms from our porch, it is one of my favorite things…so relaxing to me! About half way though the storm, the lights flickered and went out. We still had an hour or so of daylight left, so we all stayed out on the porch. At first, the girls were enjoying it—experiencing the storm, getting candles ready, and all being together. But then just a few moments later, certain realities started to sink in with my girls Anna and Rachel. No power meant no WiFi; and that meant no YouTube, Netflix, or even music streaming. What was there left to do???? And just like that panic started to set in.

Mandi and I suggested some games, reading books, talking about the day, or even just cuddling up and continuing to watch the storm, but these all seemed to be poor substitutes for their preferred downtime activities. In the end we decided to all go for a drive and look at some dog beds for our soon arriving service dog.

So what’s the point? While in one sense losing power left us in the dark, in another sense it brought somethings clearly into view. So much of what we do keeps us from actually relating with one another. Certainly for my girls (both in Middle school btw) that includes video games, YouTube, and streaming stuff. I think one of the reasons we get so caught up in other things is because the work of relationships can be so challenging. It’s easier to virtually live, relate, or share your feelings than it is to do it live and in person.

Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40, NIV).

We have so much distracting us from that business of love. It was amazing how so many of those distractions were taken out with the power. I am grateful for how clearly the main thing was lit up because everything else was dark. We need that every once in a while…maybe more than we think. Besides, if that power outage had not happened I never would have seen this…

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