Disaster struck yesterday – the car died. It was not entirely a shock – the battery light on the car has been appearing intermittently for a couple of weeks now. The problem was identified as the regulator in the alternator – a little bit which makes sure that battery keeps getting charged so you always have energy to get somewhere. After about ten days the regulator was promoted from the shopping list to actually having been bought living in the glove box until time to fit it could be found. Well, time was not found so yesterday I first lost all lights on the dash board and then after turning a corner I glided to a complete, powerless standstill just before a level crossing. The battery was dead.
I wonder is the regulator of my life out of whack as well? So much time and energy seems to be put into running around, running after others and teaching – the energy from my batteries gets used up but does it ever get topped up again? Without regulation the energy just disappears and everything comes to a standstill.
What about you – are you always giving out energy – do you every recharge? Even Jesus took time to recharge his spiritual batteries – to get away from the demanding crowds and to spend time with his father.
Luke 5:15-16 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
We are not designed to go go go all the time. I love that in Psalm 23 God is portrayed as the shepherd who makes his sheep rest:
Psalms 23:1-3 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul.
How is you regulator working? Is your battery running out of charge? Let the Lord, your shepherd, lead you somewhere quiet – let him restore you – before the chaos of your life comes to a complete powerless standstill.