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#280: What is the Source of Your Power?

Monday, April 05, 2010

I once read a story about a group of men who were soldiers with T.E. Lawrence, the great desert fighter of World War I who helped lead the Arabs in their revolt against the Turks. Some of Lawrence's team had lived in the desert for a long period of time. When he treated them to a stay in an elegant hotel in Paris, France, what intrigued them the most was a water faucet in the hotel room's bathroom. After struggling daily to find a source of water in the desert, they were amazed that all they had to do to have water was to turn a little handle.

Lawrence pointed out to the men that the faucet was connected to a pipe that led to a network of other pipes that in turn were attached to giant conduits which led to vast reservoirs that were located so rain and melting snow kept them filled and that without a large source of water power, turning on a faucet would produce no water.

Aren't we like that faucet? Without some source of power influencing us, how can we have meaning? Do we often take living, like the availability of water, for granted? Or do we connect to a higher source that can fill us with the power we need to live fulfilling lives?

Whether the power is given a name such as God or simply referred to as the essence of the universe, there is a strength available to us if we sincerely try to get in touch with it. Believing that what happens to us day by day is all that life has to offer leads to despair and depression.

We need to set our sights higher. When we hang our heads and look at the sidewalk, we miss watching birds singing in trees, we fail to notice fluffy clouds overhead and we miss seeing the majesty of multi-hued rainbows.

Similarly, when we look to the heavens we attract the source of eternal power waiting for us. Like an electrical cord, we just have to plug into it and believe that good things will happen.

Do not take life, like the availability of fresh water, for granted. Seek the source of all positive things in the world and you can lead a happier, more personally fulfilling life.
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    So true Lou, another great blog!

    3978 days ago
    I really like what JOYATLAST said, " God is the wind beneth my wings" . He is our beacon of light, ray of HOPE. He is our strong tower . "Because he lives I can face tomorrow, because he lives all fear is gone...." . I am sending positive thoughts your way , may you have a good night tonight and tomorrow a good day. Joy
    3981 days ago
    All I know is that in my weakness, He is strong . . . where would I be without Him? He is in me and all around me. What more comfort could there be?

    Great post . . .

    Jan emoticon
    3981 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Without the God of the universe on my side, I would not want to be here.

    He is MY Strength, My Power and my Source of all things.

    Thanks Lou
    3982 days ago
    What a nice post and reminder. emoticon emoticon
    3982 days ago
    I really like your blog as it's great to see nature at it's best no matter what is happening around it.
    3982 days ago
    Tap into the power of the living water of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and watch big things happen! Amen!
    3982 days ago
    Thank you, Lou, for this analogy. It certainly puts the truth in terms anyone in civilized countries can relate to. (Ok, grammar was NOT my best subject!) Thank you for your witness and your constant encouragement to us-ward.
    3982 days ago
    thank you. As I read your blog I thought of my walks. I always take a deep breath and just am awed at the trees, changes in the season, flowers and just any living thing. We must enjoy what the universe has given to us, or take it for granted and miss out on the wonder that is life.
    3982 days ago
    What an awesome analogy. I really love your inspiring and insightful blogs. Bright blessings to you my friend. Love, Dawn emoticon
    3982 days ago
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    Without the Living God as my source, I would have folded like a cheap card table. He is the wind beneath my wings and He gave me those wings to enjoy it. I love Him so!
    3982 days ago
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    Thanks for the encouragement. Life can be so much MORE with the relationship of God added to it!
    3982 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    Nice post! emoticon
    3982 days ago
    I will look to the hills from which comes my help, my help comes from the Lord.
    3982 days ago
    The Living Water and the Light of the World bring meaning and focus to my life and I strive to stay plugged into Him continually. As our name says, I can do all things through Him, but apart from Him, I can do nothing. Nothing that was made was made without Hm and He alone holds all things together. It's such a good thing that He does hold all things together, because if He didn't, seasons like this one in my life would send me into a tailspin and I'd fall apart at the seams! Thank you for ever focusing us on that which is good and healthy and positive.
    3982 days ago
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