February 8, 2011

“Hey, we need power now!”

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Sitting on the tarmac at the Memphis airport this morning, the power on the plane goes out.  Lights go off.  Air stops blowing.  It’s eerily quiet.  The cockpit door is still open.  We hear the pilot screaming out the window, “Hey, we need power now!”

The captain later explained that the Airbus A319 runs on external power while parked at the gate.  Just as the plane door was closed, someone pulled the plug and we lost power.  A ground crew person walked over, inserted the plug, all the power was restored to the plane, and the engines were started.

I had three thoughts to share:

1)  Our God never pulls the plug on us.  Once we have accepted Jesus and have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside us, we don’t rely on an external plug in anymore.  See Acts 1:8, 2:4.

  • Acts 1:8 (NIV)  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you …
  • Acts 2:4 (NIV)  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

2)  No one else can pull the plug on His power.  His Word tells us that nothing can separate us from Him.  See Romans 8:38-39.

  • Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

3)  If we have forgot about the source of our power, if we have wandered away for a time (as I have), then just cry out like the captain did, “Hey, I need power now!” and He will be there.  See Luke 15:24.

  • Luke 15:24 (NIV)  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found…

Thank you, Jesus, for this morning’s experience and reminder of the source of our power.

     Loving the Journey,


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