When the connection’s not intact, the power won’t flow. I saw this truth in action the other day as I attempted to set the alarm on a church building. When the alarm would not engage, I called the alarm company. I explained what I was seeing on the alarm pad and the tech told me that I needed to check zone 2. I walked over to the doors in zone 2 and gave them a visual check: everything looked fine. I thought I’d better give them the “tug” test. Pulling on them, I discovered they were not closed all the way. The tug drew the alarm connections together tightly. I returned to the key pad, thanked the tech and then successfully armed the alarm.
This experience caused me to reflect on my relationship with God. I recognize that this relationship is all about connection.
Without connection, the power cannot flow. If I choose to not be connected to God, I will be living life under my own power. My power is limited, God’s is limitless.
Without connection, I am not in a secure place. There is great value in being protected. Under God’s care, I can live securely, unafraid of the future. When the alarm’s power was interrupted, the building was left vulnerable.
Without connection, I will never know when I am under attack. The purpose of an alarm is to let the company know when the security is breached. If I choose to disconnect from God, I’ll never know when I’m in a dangerous situation.
I try to take seriously the words of Jesus in John 15:5. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” It really is all about the connection. Take time to check your connection today.