How Do You Know When The Power has Gone Out in Your Life?

“So he (Samson) told her (Delilah) everything. ‘No razor has ever been used on my head,’ he said, ‘because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God…if my head were shaved, my strength would leave me…After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him…but he did not know that the Lord had left him.”  Judges 16:17,19-20

My son has always been afraid of the dark. He’s nine years old and I don’t even worry about his fear. Why? Well, my son is operating on a higher spiritual level than most. I get it, that may sound hokey or odd or just plain crazy to you. But there’s something in this beloved son of mine that others don’t see and may never experience.

How do I know, you ask? Mother’s intuition. That, and some of the things he says and dreams he shares with me.

As a result of this spiritual awareness, he has bad dreams. His nightmares are vivid and he is very descriptive when sharing them. This is where his fear of the dark comes into play. He once told me that he prefers the light because the dark reminds him of satan. And when it’s light, it’s like God is chasing satan away.

Both of my children have bunk beds in their rooms. On occasion, they will choose to sleep with their sibling on one of the other beds, rather than sleep alone in their room.

Every night, whether he is in his room or his sister’s, my son sleeps with his LED night light. If he is in his room, he also sleeps with his desk lamp turned on.

On one night in particular, my daughter was on the top bunk in her brother’s room. It was during this night, that I had a powerful lesson illustrated for me.

The story came to me second hand from my daughter. This is what she shared with me. She woke up at some point during the night and it was dark in my son’s room. She thought that perhaps he unplugged his LED nightlight because it was no longer illuminating the room. The desk lamp was also dark. She presumed that the light bulb had gone out. She was not concerned, and started to fall back to blissful dreamland.

Until she heard her little brother. He woke up and also noticed it was dark. He said, “Emma, Emma, I’m scared.” She heard him because she wasn’t quite back to sleep.

She asked him if he could make his way to the big light (meaning the switch for the overhead light). He said no. So, she lumbered her way down the ladder and attempted to turn on the overhead light. When nothing happened after she flipped the switch, she said, “Oh, that’s why. The power is out.”

See, the electricity had gone out at some point during the night, and neither one of them were aware, until they awoke from their slumber.

This reminds me of our verses above. Samson was asleep when Delilah had someone shave the braids off of his head. It was when this occurred, that the power of the Lord left him. He wasn’t aware until the next day when he awoke that the strength of God was no longer with him.

The lesson for me is this: we always need to be aware when The Power has gone out in our lives. We need to be alert for when the strength of the Lord leaves us. We read in 1 Peter 5:8 that we are to, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  This warning was given to us to heed so that we aren’t caught unaware.

Michelle Nehrig Shultheis

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