Spiritual Steam

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Much like powerless train cars, when we pull away from Him or try to do things without Him at the lead, we are sitting dead in our tracks or perhaps even worse, slowly headed downhill to disaster.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us. (Ephesians 3:20 ESV)

Years ago, dragging my young girls into the old roundhouse may not have been my smartest move. I, on the other hand, was fascinated by the old steam engine and the mechanical switches. My girls just wanted to climb aboard and take a tour around the Heritage Park.

Once finally seated on the train, I felt very Anne of Green Gables as it slowly pulled out of the station, steam puffing with each cheerful toot as it chugged and pulled its valuable cargo.   

These days, trains barrel past us without much romance. Rarely do we even see a passenger train anymore! Instead, heavy red engines link up, pulling a mishmash of container cars. Some are black with tidy company logos, others are rusty and covered in graffiti. Then there are the flat carriers — empty of any cargo at all. A menagerie of cars all linked up and following along in a rather ho-hum line, all dependent on the engine to get them where they need to be.

We too come in all different shapes and designed for unique purposes. And we too are immobile without our Engine empowering us to do His works. It’s His Spirit at work within us that allows us to be used by Him. And, much like the powerless train cars, when we pull away from Him or try to do things without Him at the lead, we are sitting dead in our tracks or perhaps even worse, slowly headed downhill to disaster.

Father, we thank You that You don’t leave us powerless! Take our lives and do more than we can even imagine that You may be honored and glorified. Amen!

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