Recently, I went to use my dustbuster to clean up a mess on the kitchen floor. And while it’s a fairly new and powerful handheld vacuum, when I switched it on: it didn’t work. It was dead! I had flailed to recharge it since its last use.
Then another life lesson followed. As I attempted to power up my computer to do some research, work, and writing, it wouldn’t turn on. The battery had died and I hadn’t charged it. I had failed to plug it into the outlet overnight. I had to wait awhile until the computer had enough energy again to do my work.
My third life lesson would be in the example of my Apple Watch. I slipped it on ready for the day and ready for the app to calculate my exercise and calories burned. But a flashing red light indicated it was about to die. How could that be? I had placed it on the charger stand the night before. On closer inspection, I noticed the charger stand was unplugged. The watch was never recharged from the previous day.
There was a hidden message in all these “dead” tools. And I realized a bigger truth.
Any tool, no matter how effective, new, state-of-the-art, or powerful won’t work if it is not properly renewed with power or energy. Or it may only last a short while or for as long as the battery has any remaining energy.
These tools are like us. We’re only as effective as we have the energy for. It reminds me of our bodies, hearts, and souls. We can only function so long before we need rest and to recharge our physical bodies. And we can only go so long without the renewing Presence of God to recharge our souls. In that same way, we must find ways to reenergize our souls too—for me that is found in worship music or time in the Word.
Just like a vacuum, a computer, or a smartphone, the human body and soul can only go so long without a renewable source of power apart from itself to be recharged and renewed! God’s Word is the living battery that can reenergize us.
What about you? Are you running low on energy or the joy of life? Are you weary and rundown? Have you lost some of your zest for life? Do you need to plug into the Word, worship, or divine rest in God to recharge your heart, body, and soul? Take the time to renew your physical and spiritual battery. In the long run, it’s worth it to get recharged.
I see your weariness. I hear the ache of your heart. You never were intended to continue on a fast pace of life without drawing aside to refresh your soul in Me. The human body was designed by Me to need continual refreshment in Me and with Me. I am your source of life. Draw aside and let me renew and recharge you.
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” (Ps. 51:12)
‘Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)