What’s Clogging the Pipe?

water-faucetMy 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…
Philippians 3:10

 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?

… Really?

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?


What’s Clogging the Pipe? — 4 Comments

  1. I love the analogy, Susan. Yes, something internal is the problem for me, too. (So sorry to hear about the washing machine, though. Praying “healing” for it soon!)

    The same power that was with Jesus is available to us has always been convicting to me. So…what is my problem that I don’t LIVE every moment in that reality?

    ” I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened. ” I think that is what my prayer needs to be. That my heart may be enlightened. Thanks for this post. I LOVE the way you write! :-)

    • Thanks, Pam. You are always such an encouragement to me. Yes, our eyes need to be enlightened! Let it be so!

  2. Hi Susan…..Nan Greiner here….Want to express my gratitude for the loving and thoughtful ways, you touch me and hopefully teach me a little something too….Had to surrender my loved cat, Miss Fancy this week…Feeling the loss.. Letting go and letting God heal me..Bye for now…..Keep working on that pipe……. Nan

    • Oh, Nan ~ I’m so sorry to hear about your loss! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m praying that God will surround you with His presence and His peace as you go through this difficult time.

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