So, I was blowing my hair dry the other day, when I realized I was not experiencing the full power that my hair dryer should be providing. Then it struck me, “Look at the lint trap.” I flipped my hair dryer over and saw, that indeed, the lint trap was full of that white fuzzy stuff that appears out of nowhere. I ran my fingers over the webbed wire mesh that covers the inner workings of the hair dryer, pulling firmly until I removed as much lint as I could. Satisfied with the job well done, I resumed blowing my hair dry. Wow! What power! I was able to quickly finish the task, amazed at the power that emanated from my ordinary hair dryer. I had no idea that all this time I had access to so much power, if only I would have removed the lint sooner.
Then the thought crossed my mind, how much our lives are like this hair dryer. Here we have a great source of power and yet we do not utilize it. How many times in life we struggle without success because we just do not have the strength and fortitude to finish. We struggle under the weight of adversity, unable to carry the burden, for we are weak and do not know how to proceed.
Here we are as Christians, a favored people, promised to be empowered with the full strength of the Holy Spirit, yet we are unable to utilize that power. Why is that? Could it be that our lint trap is full? That the power of God’s Spirit is obstructed in our lives by the lint we carry with us? What is in your life that clogs your power? Is it busyness? Worry? Past trauma? Unforgiveness? Laziness? Striving for success? No matter what it is, if it is obstructing the air flow of your spiritual life, it needs to be removed so that the Spirit can imbue you with power on high. We have access to an unlimited source of power, a power that, in its full force, can create worlds out of nothingness, can conquer the destructive powers of sin and death. So look to your lint trap. Clean out what clogs your life and access the full power that is promised to you, the power of the Lord Most High. See what can be accomplished, what trials can be overcome, when your lint trap is unobstructed.
Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
Susan Van Volkenburgh