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Plugged into God's love

ROSCOMMON, MI – Have you ever felt so out of balance, that no matter how hard you rearrange your life, it is still tilted one way or the other? Did you stop to figure out the cause of your imbalance? What are your priorities? Human nature causes us to find answers in ourselves. “I can do this, I don’t need anyone's help.” Pride is a huge factor in this. We say to ourselves, “I can find the next answer, the next big thing, the thing that will make my life complete.”

Even as Christians we often forget that we don't have to do it alone. Yes, God has called us to be servants, to stand in the gap for those who do not know Jesus. Many times we find ourselves saying “Yes” to everything asked of us yet trying to do it in our own strength. When we give “all” that we have, in our own strength, our own level of balance gets tilted. We need to take a break to refill our hearts with God’s great love. Psalm 100:5 tells us “For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.

Love, we feel it in many ways, for our family and friends. It is how we prioritize people in our lives. We love what we see when we look outside. The great beauty of God’s creation. God’s love is forever, never ending. In our busy lives we can sometimes forget this and our lives spiral out of balance.

Well how do you fix this? When the battery on your phone is almost out of charge what do you do? Plug it in to recharge, of course. You cannot communicate with a dead battery. Or, have you ever tried to call a friend, loved one or spouse and it just kept going to voicemail? Sometimes, I believe we do that with God. He is constantly trying to speak into our lives but we send the message to our voicemail because we are not plugged-in, we are not charged. Communication is so very important in our walk with God, we need to continually be in touch with our Heavenly Father. When we are too busy even for Him, we need to find a way to get ourselves plugged in and recharge.

Bambi Lake, in its many years of operations, has seen many generations come and go. People are now bringing their children and even their grandchildren to Bambi Lake. They are showing them the natural beauty of God’s Love. But they are also teaching them they need to take a step back, hit the pause button, so that their heart and soul can get a recharge. Bambi Lake offers so many opportunities to get away and recharge. Come for a retreat or just come alone and take a walk down the nature trail. Many people over the years have said all they have to do is pull in the driveway and immediately they feel that wonderful steadfast love of God come over them and begin to recharge their batteries.

God’s love is so important that we need to continue to share this with others, but if we are not fully charged then we won’t be able to share or show His great love as we should. Remember, when you feel like your life is getting unbalanced, stop right then and figure out the cause. Find a way to recharge your heart and soul, so that you can be fully charged to follow the perfect plan God has for you. When we are at “full charge”, we can show others that God will always stand in the fire with us. And, when all else fails, come on over to Bambi. We will leave a light on.



Mick Schatz serves on the staff of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan. He is the State Director of Spiritual Enrichment and Retreats and lives at Bambi Lake.


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