Batteries Not Included

Insight for your “Journey across the Sky”
A View from the Nest
Random ramblings from the resident raptor.

God, the God of Israel, is awe-inspiring in his holy place. He gives strength and power to his people. Thanks be to God! Psalms 68:35 (GW)

I do not know what I would do without batteries. I mean I need batteries! My watches, my various remote control devices, the alarm clock, the cell phone, the computer keyboard and mouse, the laptop, each of these devices require batteries to operate.

The only thing more prevalent in my house than batteries, are all the various power adaptors for my electronic devices. There is the TV, the satellite dish, the video recorder with the network adapter, and the amplifier for the surround sound. All these require a six socket wall adapter to plug them all in. Then there is the computer and all the plugs for all the peripheral attachments, the monitor, the speakers, the DVD drive, and the external hard drive.

I have about a dozen power adapters for Satellite radio and razors and rechargers for the cell phone. Even the home phone line needs to be plugged in. There is the network adapter and the wireless adapter for the cable modem and the list just goes on and on and on. How I wish for a wireless home. No more plugs to plug in.

I love the rechargeable batteries but I hate all their wall adapters. God forbid if you ever happen to misplace one, it really is no use trying one of the many others you have lying around because no two are alike. When it comes to power chargers one size certainly does not fit all.

Therefore you can imagine how delighted I was to find this hand-cranked flashlight a few months back. No batteries required and you do not have to plug it in to recharge it! All you have to do is turn the crank and you have light! I thought to myself, “This sounds like a good idea but will it actually work?”

I bought it and brought it home, cranked the handle about five full turns and lo and behold there was light! It is now more than three months later and that crank flashlight is still producing light. Four or five turns was enough to charge whatever it is it charges, to still be working over three months later. I do not know how this works! All I know is it does.

How I wish everything now worked on a crank. Crank the TV and it would play for a month before I had to crank it again. Crank up the radio and the computer. No more batteries to buy and I could unplug all those ugly wall warts from the wall. Imagine the savings on my electric bill!

Can you imagine cranking up the refrigerator and having it remain cold for weeks on end? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could turn a crank on our automobiles and travel on the power of that hidden energy for a week? I do not know how that flashlight works but I am so amazed by it.

It may not be the brightest light in the house but it is the only one that I never have to worry about having batteries for. No batteries included and in this case none were needed.

I’m asking God to give you a gift from the wealth of his glory. I pray that he would give you inner strength and power through his Spirit. Eph 3:16 (GW)

Our lives work much the same way. We need regular power lifts as well. There are many ways people attempt to get a power lift. There are many different outlets you can plug into in attempts to recharge your inner being. Â There are those who plug into yoga and meditation, many who find relief in sports or other physical exercise. There are those who get involved in social projects and charities, all attempts to energize that hidden man inside. They want to tap into a power source beyond themselves so that they feel fulfilled.

Some simply change batteries by changing jobs, or where they live, or perhaps change whom they are married too. Some substitute artificial stimulants in attempts to give themselves a sense of well being.

But he himself (Elijah) went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God. 1 Kings 19:4-8 (NKJV)

The true source of our power must not be based on internal or natural forces, for those are sure to fail. Where do you go to get a renewed power source when your hope has been drained, when your joy is gone, when you do not have the strength to face another day? Is there a wall outlet you can plug into to get an inner power charge? Where do you buy batteries for the wounded soul, or a heart that is downtrodden?

But you will have power, when the Holy Spirit has come on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judaea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 (BBE)

There is a limitless source of power available to all those who call upon the name of the Lord. He promises to give us the power of His Spirit in which we can draw our strength. He promises to be with us even until the end of the earth. He is the power source that never runs out. All we need do is turn to him, turn the crank of prayer, be still and listen for his voice. It is the sound of His voice that energizes us to soar on wings like eagles and run and never run out of gas. Truly waiting on the Lord has its advantages and one of them is an endless power source.

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

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