It was a morning like any other – I woke up on time and was actually running ahead of schedule. As I walked to my car, I noticed it was especially cold, which served as an incentive to move a little faster. As I closed the car door to bar any more of the negative degree wind chill, I turned in the ignition … nothing. “No, not this morning.” I thought to myself in disbelief. I turned the key again … and again. Nothing. Time was suddenly fleeting. 30 minutes later, after jumping my car battery, I was off to the radio station.
In the end, it wasn’t a huge deal or surprising especially in the middle of winter in eastern Iowa, but it did get me thinking. To revive a dead battery, one must connect it to a running and thriving car battery. Couldn’t the same be said of our relationship with God? Sometimes, we allow ourselves to burn out and run out of energy, sometimes we let our battery go too long without reconnection, and sometimes we think we can fix the problem on our own (like me turning the ignition again and again). When in actuality, God reminds us that we need to continually stay connected to Him, and it’s from Him that we attain all we need. Jesus said “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5-8)
So, how’s your battery? Is it low and needing re-connection? Ensuring our connection to God is consistent and often, we can thrive and grow.