The Spark

Re:Verse passage – Romans 8:26-27 (day seven)

I am in the midst of a DIY bathroom renovation… that began in May. Needless to say, I have a newfound appreciation for plumbers, electricians, handymen etc. The things that seem simple turn out to be projects in themselves. The most recent culprit: soldering the shower valve. I purchased a “Basic” Soldering Kit from the local hardware store. It claimed to have a trigger start that would light the torch for me. It worked! But the flame was too strong, so I turned it down… too far… the flame went out. I tried to restart it with the trigger,  but it wouldn’t stay lit long enough to be of use. Three trips to the hardware store later, I abandoned the trigger and settled for a manual start.

Driving back from the store I heard the Lord clearly, “When you become dependent on a mechanism to provide your spark, your flame will always burn out.” Trusting in events or programs alone to be the source of our spiritual well being will only result in a weakened flame. The Holy Spirit is sufficient. More so even, the Holy Spirit intercedes where I am insufficient. The Spirit is the spark that lights our flame and helps us to shine our brightest. Our mechanisms may change, but He stays the same!

Author: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson is the Associate Pastor for Students.

One thought on “The Spark”

  1. I love it. Such a good reminder. The Lord has taken all of those mechanisms away so that we depend on His Holy Spirit’s Fire to light up His Church!

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