I was playing a computer game and stuck on a particular level. I had come to the conclusion that I did not have the hand-eye-coordination required to complete the level, especially since it was timed. I had attempted it countless times and was about to give up on the game altogether when I looked at the options for “Power Ups,” which are extra help you can purchase with game coins. I had coins, so I chose an automated helper to click the appropriate tiles for me, and with the help of the “power up” I was able to get more than double the required points to move on to the next game board. It was a different approach than the one I had been using, and it worked.
It hit me that this concept could be applied to another issue in my life that I kept trying to work on but can’t seem to get resolved so that I can move forward. I have tried everything that I can think of but to no avail. I need a different approach because what I have been doing is clearly not working. I need a “power up”.
In the game, the power up button had been there the whole time, but I overlooked it as I continued to drudge away in my own manner. In my real life, there is also a “power up” that I have been overlooking, or just failing to push the button to activate it. We all have a “power up” at our disposal if we are Christians. We have the ultimate power in the universe: God.
The Holy Spirit is often referred to as power from God: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit is our “power up” which connects us to the power of God with whom nothing is impossible.
So, now I just have to hook up to the power station, make sure the connection is right, and wait for the power to do its work.