Are You Connected?

2 Timothy 3:5 "having a form of godliness but denying its power..."

A couple of weeks ago a powerful storm hit the city where I live. The winds were so strong that it knocked down telephone poles, trees, power lines, and anything else that was not able to withstand the force of winds that were at least 70 mph. I don't pay attention to the weather station so the veracity of this storm came as quite a shock to me. As a matter of fact, I was at the church when it happened. Our church is older, all brick and evidently quite sturdy because behind those walls the storm did not seem to be anything out of the ordinary. Even with the sound of the tornado siren I honestly did not think it was that severe.

Unfortunately, my neighborhood was one of the ones that took a big hit from the storm. Downed telephone and electrical wires were in our yard as well as one big tree. We were without power for three days which immediately began to reveal to me the necessity of electrical power to maintain a productive and enjoyable lifestyle. It did not take long at all for me to become uncomfortable and to feel detached from the rest of those who had power. Not to mention the fact that besides it being dark, I kept forgetting that the power was cut off. I would reach for the light switch, the computer, my phone, and all other things that ran by power. Even though it was a habit, I did not get the results that I normally got when the power was on.

After a few days our power was restored but the telephone line and the internet was still out. Our alarm system is connected to our phone line. One night when it was time to go to bed my husband set the alarm. When he pushed the button all the red lights came on like normal. The loud beeping sound went off to let us know that the house was now secure. But in reality it was not because the phone line that sends the signal to the police department was still not connected. So if someone had chosen to break in during the night, the alarm would have gone off in the house but it would not have alerted our true source of help due to a disconnected line.