96 Glorious Hours

We had 96 straight hours of uninterrupted electricity!  This was by far the longest stretch of continuous power that we have had.  We had electricity from Sunday after lunch to Thursday after lunch; we finally lost it when a storm rolled in this past Thursday afternoon. It was amazing! We all started making jokes “Don’t talk about the electricity; it will go away if we talk about it.” We all kept expecting it to go off any minute and were even shocked every time we walked in the door or flipped on a light switch and still had power.  I began to worry and wonder when it was going off next.  I even started to not enjoy having the power because something must be wrong if it is on this long.  If it is on this long, does it mean that next time it goes off will it be off for long.

It made me think about a passage Kari taught on during our training.

II Corinthians 4:16-18
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

This made me think that we all cling to these earthly things. We often worry about what if I lose a loved one, what if something happens to my kids, what if something happens to Kari?  We spend all this time worrying about these things instead of enjoying the time we are given and focusing on the long term promise. This verse encouraged me that even though we will have hardships in this life, that there is hope in Christ.   We will all face hardships and have to endure tough times here on earth, but we should fix our eyes on the eternal promise. Our time here on earth is short, only a flash in time when compared with eternity. We should all let God be our strength during these times.

Right after we enjoyed the long stretch of power and were all worried about it going out again…we lost it for 4 days.  This simple example of electricity is a great example of living out our lives.   And guess what?  We have it back again!
Matthew OrtegaComment