Sunday, June 6, 2010
He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength. Isaiah 42:29.
You could make a pretty good case that there are really just two kinds of energy: potential and kinetic. Potential energy is stored and ready to be used. It is energy available for work. There is water in the pipes in my house. The water in the pipe is available but not being used. As long as the water stays in the pipe, it is only potential energy. When the valve is released, the water flows and is in use. This is kinetic energy. Kinetic energy is the application of energy. While potential energy is “energy-waiting-to-happen,” kinetic energy is “happening energy.”
My legs hold potential energy. When I take a step forward, they become kinetic energy. When a student holds a rubber band in his hand, he is holding potential energy (as well as the potential for a trip to the principal’s office!). When he releases the rubber band as a missile toward the teacher, he is demonstrating kinetic energy (and is also on his way to the principal’s office!).
I enjoy eating at The Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge. As I sit at the large picture window, I see the Old Mill and the beautiful rock filled stream. The water is potential energy. Once it goes into the water wheel at the mill, the wheel begins to turn producing work grinding corn into meal which eventually becomes corn meal. As long as the water is outside the wheel, it is potential energy. The water is beautiful to observe or wade into, but it is not being used in work. It is only when the water enters the wheel that it becomes kinetic. The water goes from a state of rest to a state of action.
God gives us this same type of energy flow. It’s Divine Energy. In fact, God created all the energy in the universe. The Creator is the source of all energy and can provide us all the energy sources we will ever need. The Holy Spirit is available to fill us with God’s power and energy.. We just need to have our heart and mind in tune with God in order to have our vessel filled. Simply by asking him to dwell within us, he will fill us with his power. As long as we keep the Spirit bottled up in us, we are not expending that potential energy. Once we choose to use that energy, it becomes kinetic, active.
In him we live (have vitality), and move (have dynamic energy) and have our being (attain completeness). Acts 17:28
The key is to stay connected to the energy source, for we will lose our spiritual energy if we don’t. Let’s choose to live and move in him this week!
Dear God, I get my vitality and energy from you. You make me complete. I ask the Holy Spirit to dwell within me. Fill me with Divine power and energy to do all things pleasing in thought, word, and actions today.
(Art work by Robyn Webber.)