Staying Connected

Written by: Carolyn Ruttan

The other day we were teaching at one of our schools when Dale went to use his phone and noticed that battery was almost drained. Apparently it had not been charging overnight.  It was basically useless. What good is a phone if the battery is dead?

Our lives are like that. We need to take the time each day to stay connected to our source of power, to be filled and recharged and stay connected to Him. He is our source of power.  How he wants to have relationship with us. I was reading this verse the other day and this verse sort of jumped out at me, even though I have read this Psalm multiple times.

Psalm 27:8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

But sometimes we get busy and our quiet time gets pushed aside or put on a back burner or something we do eventually when or if we have time. I have noticed in my own life that when I get out of my normal routine, like for instance summer when I can sleep in a little or when we have an extra busy week that I don’t spend as much time as I once did because of all things I need to get done that day or my busy schedule.

Lisa Whittle says in her book,” I want God.”  “In the everyday moving stream of life, even we who love God the very most get swept up the rushing current of jobs, parenting, school, carpool, laundry, vacations, and yes even ministries.  As we are numbly floating at a swift pace, it is only the occasional debris—a scary health diagnosis, a relationship wound, an injustice on the TV news—which obstructs us long enough to notice that we haven’t talked to God or paid much attention to Him in quite a while and man, now we could sure use His help moving forward.  We want Him to please hurry and get us unstuck so we can keep up with our to -do list. We act like children, stomping our feet and carrying on when He doesn’t hurry as fast as we think He should. And we wonder, lying in bed at night, staring at the ceiling fan, why God seems to like everyone else better. Our selfishness blinds us to what has become of us as we have drifted down the stream of life: We have turned into the Isrealites.  And God, who has been the always- faithful Father to us (Psalm 86:15) mourns and weeps that we have moved away from Him to the point that our love has become divided, tarnished, forgotten. He won’t stop being faithful, not will He stop loving, but He will still grieve.”

We have an enemy who will conveniently make sure that we stay busy and don’t have time to charge our spiritual battery because he doesn’t want us to be effective. He was us to be powerless and unconnected with our batteries drained. How can we withstand when the enemy attacks us…and he will… if we are unconnected?   If we don’t plug in to our source of power, we will be powerless. Vulnerable.

1 Peter 5:8, 9a Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stan firm against him and be strong in your faith.

John 15:4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot bear fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

Even Jesus spent time alone with His father.  His cousin, John the Baptist had just been beheaded. He tried getting away, to be alone but the crowd followed him and instead of just sending them away, he had compassion on them and healed those who were sick and then later that day fed 5000 men, not including all the women and children.  I am sure he would have been tired and weary and heavy hearted.  Yet, He knew where to go to be filled. He knew where to go to find strength.

Mathew 14:23 After sending them home, he went up to the hills by himself to pray. Night fell when he was there alone.

So, I close this by encouraging you to find that time each day to stay connected to Him. Don’t let your spiritual battery drain. Don’t let the distractions of every day get in the way of spending time with the One who loves you and wants to spend time with you. The One who wants you to remain connected  to Him.

John 15:5b For apart from me, you can do nothing.