Day 6 – Power
 
The summer following my graduation from college, two buddies and I spent over 6 weeks backpacking in the Cascade Range from southern Oregon to northern Washington.  This adventure of a lifetime saw us hiking more than 500 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.  One of the more memorable pictures we took on this journey was of Mt. St. Helen’s in southern Washington.  It was a sunset photo of the symmetrical shaped cone of this “dormant” volcano.   We, of course, had no idea that 2 years later this 9,600-foot-high mountain would erupt with tremendous force, blowing off the top 1,000 feet from its summit. Unexpected, change-producing, power. 
 
When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce that she would have a very special baby Mary replied:  “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”  The facts said that it was impossible for Mary to have a child.  But God had a plan.  “And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; “ (Luke 1: 34-35)
 
“The power of the Most High will overshadow you.”  A power which no one could comprehend.  A power which superseded the biological constraints of the natural process.  A power which created life in an unheard of manner..  The power of God in the life of Mary made the impossible, possible.   God’s power in that son of Mary, (calming the storm, feeding the thousands, healing the sick, raising the dead,) resulted in the most significant power transfer ever,  the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
 
Would you be willing to pray for God to open your eyes to His power?  Yes, you could certainly pray for His power to come to bear in places where you feel exhausted or the circumstances which seem hopeless.  But perhaps you might pray: “Lord, open my eyes to see your power in my life, no matter what form that power would take.”  And please, don’t pay attention to that cliched, untrue, expression: “watch out what you pray for.”   “God works all things together for good to those who love him.”  (Romans 8:28).
 

“Open my eyes Lord to see your power!”