Can you identify with this Mom’s reflection?
“This afternoon I tossed my keys on the kitchen counter along with the dead cell phone. The ridiculous thing didn’t seem to hold a charge for any time at all. Running errands with three kids in tow had nearly been my undoing. I was tired, crabby and didn’t feel like doing a whole lot of anything. I pointed my boys toward the television while my daughter stretched out on the couch, stuck ear buds into her hears, and began selecting tunes on her MP3 player. Glancing at the clock, I hit the power switch on my laptop and pulled a chair up to the table. If I could muster some energy, I might be able to crank out a few hundred words on my manuscript before cooking supper. That was a mighty big IF though.
A light flickered on the screen long enough for the “low battery” indicator to flash, and a black screen stared back at me. I dug into my bag for a power cord and began hooking it up to my laptop just as my daughter poked her head into the kitchen. “Can you get me on the computer, Mom? I need to charge my iPod. It’s dead.
I dropped my forehead to the table, arms hanging at my side. “Mom?” I think I grunted. “You okay?” “What do your mother, your iPod, the cell phone, and the laptop all have in common?” I muttered. “How should I know? Will you get me on the computer or not?” “Whatever.”
The sad truth was that I really didn’t have the energy to care. I’d get up tomorrow and do the same thing I’d just done today.”
Plug Me In and Let Me Charge Overnight by Vicki Tiede
Let’s face it, it’s hard to feel excitement or enthusiasm about what might happen tomorrow in our life if we feel like we have been sucked dry. In fact, we would be hard pressed to even see how God was at work today. Have we even taken a few moments to look? To thank? To breathe?
I have a confession to make. I have caught myself getting very panicky when I realized that I had left my charger at home – for the phone, the laptop, the iPad! I bet there are a few of you that spent some focused time looking for the source of power that would get you charged up again – connected to the power source that has become so important in our lives. My phone gives me plenty of warning that I am about to lose connection. First, it is a bar that begins to diminish, then I see a yellow warning signal, then it becomes red and finally, my phone beeps and a message pops up unsolicited that says, your battery is running very low – it is almost empty – recharge at once!
Most of us are in desperate need of a recharge, a filling up of the good things that give us enthusiasm to live in the fullness God has promised. But, have we ever had the same panicky feeling when we realized that we had not recharged by plugging into God’s source?
This week let’s set a pattern for the days ahead – to connect to the right power source and rest in His charger for a while.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.
I’ll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me
Watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Cecelia Dachtler, MA
Professional Life Coach, Spiritual Director