Real Power

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post I am working on rebuilding the fence in our yard. Our nephew, Kevin, has been helping me with this project as he has time available. He was here last week and we started working on the back stretch.

There are four cedars that died during last summer’s drought along the back section, two are smallish 15-20 feet tall and the other two are more like 40 feet tall. Working behind the trees makes replacing the pickets a bit more difficult, so we decided to cut the small trees down. The large ones will have to wait because they will fall across the garden when they are dropped.

I have a small battery-powered chainsaw my husband bought last year so I could cut undergrowth too large for pruning shears to cut. But my chainsaw is not made for cutting really large trees, so I dug out the big gas-powered one that belongs to my husband.

Well, it wouldn’t start. Kevin tried to start it repeatedly over the course of 20 minutes or so. Finally I told him we would take it to the small engine shop for repairs. So we dropped it off and headed back home to work.

But we still wanted to cut the two small trees down to make our job easier. Kevin decided to use my saw, however after cutting for about five minutes and not even getting 3-4 inches into the tree trunk, we decided it was not up to the task. We were just going to have to be patient and wait for the real power to be available.

The difference in the power of the two saws got me to thinking about the difference in our power as people and the power of the Holy Spirit. We can struggle along trying to complete tasks we just don’t have the power to complete on our own or we can follow Paul’s instruction in Ephesians 6:10, which says:

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.

While I consider myself to be a fairly strong woman, I know my strength is very limited and even laughably puny when compared to the power that is available when I turn to the Lord. So I am going to write this verse on a note card and place it where it will be a daily reminder to rely on His strength and power, not my own.

The next day we were able to retrieve the gas-powered chainsaw and very quickly had the small trees felled, trimmed, and ready to move out of our way so we could get on with the fence repairs. What a difference relying on power that works can make in getting a job done.

I‘m going to choose to march forth today in the power of His might. Why don’t you join me?

Be a blessing,


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