Our return to power after Dallas’s blizzard was short-lived, less than 18 hours. A series of fiery snaps, pops and crackles abruptly severed our electrical service. A power surge – or something – fried a wire overhead, and darkness and cold crept back in. We shivered for another 24 hours. Then, wind knocked more limbs down and complicated the power recovery! Our situation was an uncomfortable and inconvenient reminder how dependent we are on “services,” – inconspicuous until they are interrupted.
Upon reflection, the power failure – and the power company’s workers who have labored diligently to bring us back to civilized living showed me how I might better serve. For decades, one of my favorite choruses has been “Make Me a Servant.”
Make me a servant – humble and meek;Lifting up the weak may be heavy lifting – but as long as I have a pulse, I really do have a purpose – just like Paul Newman observed. And how many times have His servants lifted me, unconditionally? But sometimes I reserve the right to stop serving – always with reasonable reasons – and especially if the problems are not of my making – or, if those whom I serve are oblivious to the cost of my service!
Lord, let me lift up those who are weak
and may the prayer of my heart always be,
make a servant, make me a servant today.
So, this weekend, God showed me another picture of “servants” who have kept working to solve problems they didn’t cause. These servants had to keep working because they have the training and abilities most people don’t have to restore storm-damaged power lines. They have been working in cold, wind and damp because their boss offered a vital service others depended upon. The workers I saw looked like they had been working longer than an 8-hour day; they were haggard but determined.
And this is the lesson I must needs learn again:
- I also have a Boss who offers me all the power to I need to deliver all kinds of services, (John 10:10 )
- He even offers to take the lead in the work and He doesn’t sleep. (Matthew 11:28-30; Psalm 121:4)
- He encourages me to rest from – but not run away from life’s problems. (John 16:33)
“. . . let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10 from THE MESSAGE )