Did you know that when you type ‘energy’ into Google the links and pages that pop up all have to do with sources of power, the kind of energy that fuels our world. Conversely, when you type in ‘personal energy’ the links and pages in the top of the reader all have to do with boosting your energy, finding more energy, tricks and secrets to increase your energy and make it last longer.
I don’t know much about the energy that runs our world, but I do know that we’re taught to conserve it and that we need to find new forms of energy- renewable forms. I know that we’ve consumed so much energy and that it’s done damage to the environment. I don’t know if there is an ‘energy crisis’ yet, or if one is forecasted; but the sense I get is that our world’s traditional energy sources are depleted.
Then I log onto Facebook or have a second to catch up with a friend, or do that thing where I let out a huge sigh, (acknowledging how tired I am) and then stand up real tall and get on with the next thing, and in those moments I realize the fact that our traditional sources of personal energy are also depleted.
We drove through a thunder and lightning storm this weekend that knocked out the power around us. The flow of power just stopped. Everything went black. No fans running, no TVs on, no appliances working. And in that moment life got simple.
When you light a candle it gives off the light you need and you can see exactly how it works. No engineering degree required. Starting a fire is the way to warm yourself and cook. Simple, stack the kindling, light the match, feed the fire. Another process you can explain to a child in words they understand. And even though a power outage causes some anxiety in our current culture, families sit down and talk, or play shadow puppets or just take a forced break. Connecting, family bonding, simple.
When my personal energy runs out, (which it seems to be doing more frequently these days), I expend energy trying to find more energy. Anyone relate? Whether it’s searching the internet for quick boosts, or getting more exercise, or trying to declutter our space in hopes of being more zen. When we have no energy we keep going. For some reason sure that more energy is hiding and we just have to dig a little deeper to find it.
Isn’t that insane.
Maybe we should take a lesson from nature. Or better than nature, from the Creator of all energy:
“Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the Everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
An energy source that cannot be depleted. A boost just waiting to be utilized. And how do we tap into such an energy source?
“Be still and know.” Psalm 46:10
A simple answer. An answer we’ve complicated. The most traditional source of energy. Perhaps instead of looking for new source of energy what we really need is a new perspective on traditional sources. Or maybe I need to stop looking altogether and just sit down for a second and let the energy source find me.