When Larry and I arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, our missionary hosts directed us to our hotel room and left us to freshen up. Larry plugged in his shaver but it didn’t turn on even though we used the adaptor we brought. I tried to plug in the coffee maker provided in the room and still no electricity!
“The room’s electricity must be broken,” I said and quickly dialed the front desk to tell them of the problem.
They said a repairman would be right up and within minutes, we heard a knock on the door. The man looked into the room and then pointed to a small fixture on the wall near the door.
In broken English, he said, “Put your room key in that.”
We slid the key into the fixture and tried the lamp. Bingo! It turned on! Electricity was supplied to the room!
We laughed as the maintenance man walked away, gently shaking his head at the silly Americans who don’t know how to turn on the electricity.
Yes, you now know that in Indonesia (and many other places as well since it was the same situation in Hong Kong) that you must plug in the key at the door to get electricity.
In a fresh way, I was reminded that if I don’t “plug” into the Holy Spirit’s power to do what God wants me to do, I’m not going to be “electrified.”
Let’s not even try to do God’s work on our own. Instead, seek His power by asking Him for His abilities through you.
Kathy Collard Miller loves to speak and write about how God’s children can trust Him more. She has spoken in over thirty U.S. states and eight foreign countries. She has over fifty published books including At the Heart of Friendship: Daughters of the King Bible Study Series. Larry and Kathy live in Southern California and are the parents of two and grandparents of two. Visit her at www.KathyCollardMiller and www.facebook.com/KathyCollardMillerAuthor and @KathyCMiller.