Paul is our resident pet evangelist. He's 8 years old but very earnest. Before bed he picks some of his favorite pets (the stuffed ones - 21 converts at last count) and we have a prayer circle. The 3 crocodiles are the most devout. One of them is from Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, KY. (but I digress). Somehow he stands them up and he holds their hands (do crocodiles have hands?) and he insists I do the same. Then he prays. But he really sings. Fast. Paul and his pets don't have a long attention span.
I sometimes do the same when I pray. I like to do it fast as I don't have a long attention span (just a long to-do list). I'm so glad the Lord is patient. This week Randy has been off work and so our usual 5am get-up time has shifted to 7-8 and my quiet time has been lost. Let me tell you, I've also lost patience, good humor, love, joy, peace and all the rest. When I start the day in the right way, the hours that unfold are so much sweeter - and I am too!
Since I'm working on a laptop so much, I sometimes forget to plug in the power. Gradually the screen gets dimmer and dimmer as the battery fades. But I'm so involved in what I'm doing I don't notice. Then a warning pops up on the screen and I reach over and plug the computer in to the power source. Hmmm. Suddenly the screen shines like its noon - sunny and bright. I always smile when this happens as it makes my work so much easier (I have bad vision).
You know where I'm going with this. The analogy is a simple one. When we stay connected to the source - the only One who can give true love, joy, peace, patience and all the rest, our lives are so much smoother and sweeter. And so is everyone else's we touch. When we operate in the dark, get used to the dimness, we will run out of power.
When your world gets dark, you get lost. He really is the light of the world.
I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life. John 8:12
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105