Broken limbs and leaky roofs

Written by on January 18, 2012


God has spoken once,
Twice I have heard this:
That power belongs to God.
                      Psalm 62:11

Last night we had a snowstorm that tore at the Douglas fir trees towering over our property and flung broken limbs at our house. To our dismay, this morning Tim and I woke up to find a large loose branch dangling from the power line in our back yard. To make matters worse, another branch snapped and plummeted to pierce the seventeen-year-old tiles of the roof. Soon an incessant rain made its way through the new hole in the roof to a bucket we quickly set out in the soaked laundry room.

Sometimes events in the natural reveal our spiritual experience. In my devotional time this morning, I asked the Lord, "Like that dangling branch on the power line, do I have anything interfering with Your power in my life? Is there any sin or impurity – perhaps unforgiveness in my heart – that might disturb the flow of Your Spirit in me today?"

Then I considered the leak. "Lord, do I need to repent today? In what areas do I permit Your love to leak out of me? How can I better seal my heart with Your promises, to prevent them from escaping?"

In what area do you need to remove interference with God's power in your life? Does it ever feel like God’s love “leaks” from you? If so, how can you prevent it?


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  1. Lynn   On   January 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Lynn, I must say your experience was far more exciting than mine with this recent storm. However, I do not want any leaks springing from within my soul, unless they have to do with an overflow of inner springs. :o) Thank you for your continual reminders.
    Lynn (the other one)

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 18, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      Lynn, that’s great! And speaking of an overflow of inner springs, another reader similarly responded, “Why would you want to stop that leak if God’s love is fresh new moment by moment in our lives, would it not be better if it was flowing out of us each day to bathe those around us in the same?”

      Bring it on, Lord!

  2. Emily   On   January 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    This is great! Sometimes we have small things that puncture us and we slowly leak over time so we may not notice them right away until we examine ourselves. Other times it's like this branch where we see a large impact that we simply need to give up to the Lord in prayer so he can heal us completely. I love your thoughts on this topic and how it connects with our relationship with God. (:

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 19, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      That’s awesome, Emily. I love the concept of initial personal impact brought to God in prayer. More of Him. Less of me. I wish there were no leaks at all, but I love that we can always go back for more!

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