I have been given a writing assignment as follows: Pick up a book nearby, turn to page 29, and write a letter to what you find there. I did that, and there I found you. So forgive me if I intrude into your realm today. I think of Esther when she went before King Xerxes. He had the power to take her life if she happened to irritate him. Fortunately, his Majesty was pleasant and welcomed her with open arms. Power, I ask you to be pleased with me today while I address some issues of concern to me.
If I were to take a survey and ask people what power is, I would probably get answers like this: It’s the sound of thunder, the ability to rev up one’s car motor, the destruction caused by a tornado, the devastation of the twin towers, the explosion of a nuclear blast, the muscles of the man who wins the arm wresting match, Superman or Superwoman.
But that’s not the kind of evidence I want to discuss with you, Power. Please don’t be offended but I have some questions for you.
- Can you restore marriages by words, like “I’m sorry.” or “I love you.?”
- Can you heal bodies by replacing depression with goals and dreams?
- Can you inspire moms by the sight of a baby’s smile?
- Can you stretch mens finances by keeping their car tires from blowing out?
- Can you save souls by the sacrificial blood of Jesus?
- Can you “use the widow’s mite” to feed the hungry in foreign lands?
- Can you give guidance to floundering youth by a word of wisdom from the elderly?
- Can you lift the lonely by the use of a smile?
- Can you use the energy of youth to help the old?
- Can you reward the continued love of a Alzheimer spouse?
- Can you sustain the will to live when cancer ravishes the body?
- Can you inspire disaster victims to build again?
- Is this true? “The greatest tragedy in life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer (F. B. Meyer).”
- Will it be your power that raises us from the dead, like the resurrection power of Christ?
Thank you for taking time to read my letter. I will contact you next via song, meditation, scripture, or prayer. Thanks for your answer. And, I feel honored that you extend your scepter to me just as King Xerxes did to Esther. I am blessed.
Your questioning and loving Servant