We’re facing yet another snow day, and I found myself complaining a little about all the bad weather we’ve had lately. I even offered to go out and scrape my own road if the schools would just LET MY KIDS GO TO SCHOOL!
Then I remembered The Ice Storm of 2009. In case you don’t live in Kentucky, this was the year we had the most brutal ice storm I’ve ever experienced. It was so bad that life came to a halt for the entire month of January. Trees split and crashed into houses, even the main roads were closed, and we were without electricity for 17 days! The first few days without power we stayed with various friends and relatives, mooching off of their gas or kerosene heaters. When we decided to return to our own home it was so cold!
That first night both of our girls, my husband and I all piled into our king-sized bed along with every blanket, sleeping bag, and beach towel we owned. We stuffed hand towels under the door and around the window. We bought every candle left on the shelf in Wal-Mart and lit them along with every candle we found hidden in our bathroom cabinets and Christmas storage boxes. We slept as best we could but the temperature in that room dipped down into the 40′s. It. Was. Miserable. We had no way of getting warm: no heat, no warm food, no hot water…Wait- did I say no hot water?
Oh, yeah. We discovered later that we actually DID have hot water. Our hot water heater is gas-powered, and, therefore, we could have taken a hot shower any time we wanted during the ice storm. (Seriously?!?) Instead of warming up with steaming water, we went the entire 17 days being cold and traveling great distances to “borrow” a shower from someone else.
(In our defense…we live in a parsonage and had only lived there a couple of years. We don’t receive any of the utility bills or take care of any repairs, so we had no way of knowing…right?)
That is so bad. We went through all that for no reason.
But isn’t this what we often allow to happen in our spiritual lives? We go about our daily lives struggling to do things on our own, in our own strength, when we actually have a great Source of power directly within our grasp. We try to get over our own hurts when the Healer is standing beside us. We stand in the bitter cold of this world when our Father longs to gather us into his warm embrace. Why do we do that? Maybe we just don’t know what is available to us…or maybe we’ve forgotten.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. 2 Peter 1:3 NLT
Don’t forget to connect to the Source of everything you need in life…I’m sure that the next time we lose power in an ice storm I will not forget that we have hot water! 🙂