My washing machine has a problem. The water trickles in. It doesn’t gush like it does in a normal washer. It trickles. A normal sized load takes about an hour and a half. It eventually gets done, but it takes a long time!
The problem is not with the water line – I’ve tested that, and it gushes just fine. And it isn’t with the hose that goes to the washer with those little strainer thingies – that all works just fine, too. It is something internal – something is keeping the water from flooding into the tub.
… that I may know Him…
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened
in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you,
the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,
and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted
when he raised Christ from the dead
and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
far above all rule and authority, power and dominion,
and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age
but also in the one to come.
Ephesians 1:18-21 (NIV – emphasis added)
I am doing a book study on Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst and using Kim Avery’s blog series to keep me motivated and on track. Right now I’m in Chapter 5, which is all about how I was made for more than just satisfying my physical cravings.
In Philippians 3:10, Paul states his goal, “that I may know Him,” and that is my goal, too. That is what I was made for. To know Him and to become like Him.
And Paul’s prayer from Ephesians 1, which I included above, helps me see some of the “more” that I have been made for. I do feast on the hope held forth in His Word. And even now I experience a large portion of His riches — grace and mercy and love and forgiveness and acceptance…
But wait! I’m supposed to know His power, too? The same power that raised Jesus from the dead?
I struggle with that one. I know it is there, and I know He is able to use that power in my life, but somehow I don’t see it. I think something in me is clogging the flow, just like my washing machine.
And I think I know what it is.
I think it is my efforts to do this healthy eating thing on my own that is clogging the pipe, restricting the flow of His power. I think my plan to do better resembles the definition of insanity – I keep trying the same things over and over expecting different results. And I don’t get them.
I need to flush my efforts out of the pipe to clear the way for His power to flow freely into my life.
And what’s that going to look like? I don’t know, but I’ll bet it’s going to be good! Now, if I could just figure out what’s clogging the line in the washer…
What’s clogging the flow of God’s power in your life?