"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1 (NIV)
Everywhere I look these days, I see solar panels. They may be on a house or on a company building, but they seem to be everywhere I look. I went to Home Depot yesterday and there was a company selling them. I thought about these panels, what they are meant to do, and how they service us today.
As you are probably aware, they help to generate energy. The panels attract the light and they store it in batteries until you need to use the energy. Actually, it's a pretty neat idea. It's unbelievable what the sun can do for us, but better yet, that there is a way to store the energy from the sun to a time and place when your family or company needs the energy.
It made me think about God's word. No really, stay with me on this one. I thought about how the intent of these panels was to collect the sun's energy every day and store it until it is needed. Let's think about the incredible power and energy of God's word. When I read God's word, there is an energy that fills me up - it helps me to see things differently and provides me the energy to do what needs to get done. It may be rising up from a difficult situation, gaining strength when I am weak, or putting love back into a broken heart. Whatever is on my plate or in my heart, God's word gives me the energy to get things done.
If we steep ourselves into God's word, read it every day, we are doing what the solar panels are doing. We are storing up the energy that comes from God's word so it is available when we need it. There have been days when my morning time with God can't happen. Yet, when I'm driving to work, I remember something that I read from that great book or how it impacted my life and a smile passes over my lips and warmth drips into my heart. Our Dear Lord is good, so good, each and every day. When we read His word, and let it fill our hearts, we KNOW He will be there for us. Simple Faith.
It can be hard to find time to open our Bibles every day. Yet, when we do, see it as Solar Faith, Simple Faith. Get filled up with His Word, tuck those words away like stored energy, and bring it out and use it when your energy is low. The words of God have been selected just for us. For you, for me, and even for those who have yet to experience the love of Jesus. Those words are for our hearts. I pray that you find solar faith, simple faith.
"Heavenly Father, we thank you for The Word you have given to us. We know the power that those words have in our lives. Help us to continue to steep ourselves in your word, knowing that there will be days when we will need to call upon those words for energy in our lives. Also, please guide actions in our days so that we might be able to share your word with others. In your name we graciously pray. Amen."