Power Out

full-cold-moon-12-13-16jpgLast night was extremely cold. Our chimes clanged in distress and the wind whined mournfully in our chimney, rattling at the damper like a robber trying to force a lock. Just as Alan and I were getting ready for bed, everything stopped. Everything warm and light, that is! The thief that hadn’t been able to gain entrance through the flue had successfully robbed us anyway—by snapping a power line. We piled on more covers and climbed into bed, noticing that the temperature in the house was dropping 3° per hour, which meant temperatures in the 40°F. range by morning and frozen pipes within 24 hours.downed-trees-buried-under-snow-12-11-16-3I tossed and turned, thinking about the fact that we have a wood-burning stove in the basement and a 10-year supply of downed firewood in our woods.
trees-destroyed-by-emerald-ash-boreYes, it looks like a tornado went through, but it was really West Michigan Tree Service, who downed all the trees killed by the emerald ash bore that were threatening to fall on our home and shed, and routinely obstructing our lane. downed-trees-buried-under-snow-2-12-11-16However, all of that wood was buried under a mantle of white and would take days to prepare for proper burning. Why hadn’t we taken time to prepare? We knew this type of emergency was possible. I thought about my friends, Rex and Cindi, who had already built “The Great Wall of Ada” with their downed trees. (Both Rex and Alan received chain saws for their Father’s Day gift this year knowing that their leisure-time work was cut out for them for the entire fall and winter, so to speak.) full-moon-and-snow-12-14-16In the wee hours, I peaked out the window. All was calm and bright. It reminded me of the lines from “‘Twas the Night before Christmas”: “The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.”snowy-wood-pileWhy had we left our stocked woodpile unprotected? Why hadn’t we thought to stash a pile of wood on our screen porch?snowy-pile-of-wood               Unless there was a break in the weather, we’d  be doomed! cold-blue-morning-with-iciclesThankfully, somewhere in the night the power came back on, and by this morning the temperature was creeping back into—if not our comfort zone, at least a viable-for-life zone. icicles-on-a-snowy-dayI hope none of you are spiritually where Alan and I were at physically last night. No power, heat, or light…growing colder by the hour…heading for disaster if something doesn’t change, but all the while surrounded by untapped resources that could make your survival possible.snowy-homeIf you’re reading this, then the lights are on again! Your soul is not yet buried under an impossible load of snow. You have been given another chance at life…at power, light, and heat. Where? In the Bible, the Word of God. Do you have a Bible sitting around your house? Please read it and stash a pile of its promises in your heart. How?? Through Jesus. He is “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). He is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 4:6). Just ask him to save you and He will! As Alan and I read together this morning: cardinal-in-the-snow-12-12-16“Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye” (Ezekiel 18:30-32). christmas-cactus“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:8-10).

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