Now, this is a topic that is very personal to me and one which I believe many Christians can relate to. Have you ever had one of those seasons where you just feel disconnected to God? Disconnected from prayer, disconnected from the Word of God, maybe even disconnected from your purpose. I don’t know about you, but I have definitely been there. I really wanted to write about this topic as I feel that this is an area that we all experience on our journey, but many refuse to speak about. So I thought I would write about it, sharing some of my experiences, and hopefully, it will get you reflecting on whether you are still connected to God.
This is a blog post to help us all, whether we are currently disconnected or whether we find ourselves there in the future.
What is your source?
The first thing we need to ask ourselves is what our source is. The thing we look to as our main source will determine whether we are truly connected to God. The definition of source is a place, person, or thing from which something originates or can be obtained. Some people see their job or business, or even the Government as the source of their finances. Others see the source of their joy from specific people, maybe their partner, or even their Shepherd. Others even try to be their own source, rather than trusting in God and acknowledging Him in all of their ways.
One scripture that really ministered to me in relation to this topic is John 15:5. It says, ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing.’ Now I am not going to go into detail about the effects of being disconnected to The Source as that is not the purpose of this blog post. But, I want you to imagine a tree. If truth be told, you may have one around you which may help you visualise as I explain this analogy. If the branches of the tree were cut off, although they may still have leaves on them, would they still be connected or attached to the trunk of the tree? No, in fact after a while the leaves will also die.
So, for a few moments ask yourself, what is my source? Think! Are there people or things that you are making your main source other than God? Are you still connected to the vine? Who sits on the throne in your life? If you can confidently answer that God is your source, that’s great, but now ask yourself, am I still connected?
Low Battery Warning!
If you are one of those people that identified that you are no longer connected to God, then this section is for you. And even if you feel like you are fully connected to God, keep reading on. If you do ever find yourself in a season of disconnection, don’t give up and do not be discouraged. Note that I stated ‘season’. As Christians, we all face seasons during our journey where we may not feel ‘hot’ or on fire for Christ. Things such as sin, trials and tribulations and even constant busyness or laziness can cause us to become less connected to the Source. One thing that I have learned is that seasons like this do not make us bad Christians, but the important question is what are we doing during this season? Just because you are going through a season where you do not feel as on fire as before, it does not mean you should become comfortable. In fact, this is a time when you need to be even more intentional to re-connect to God.
Let me use another analogy to emphasise what we can do if we happen to become disconnected. I want you to think of a phone which is either dead or has a low battery. I am sure that we all own a phone. In fact, some of you are probably reading this blog post from your phone. Imagine if your phone suddenly died, will your phone still have the power to function? No, until it is connected to a power source, in this case by charging your phone.
How many of us are running on low battery? How many of us are even paying attention to the low battery warning? Instead of us to constantly re-charge, we allow ourselves to become less and less connected to The Source, ignoring all of the low battery warning signs. As I explained at the beginning, I have had many instances when I have felt disconnected and struggled to connect to God. But, just like we do when our phone battery dies, I had to plug into the power source to become charged again, both physically and spiritually.
But, how do I plug into The Source you are probably wondering. As cliche as it may sound, some ways we can connect to God are through reading His Word, prayer and worship. James 4:8 tells us ‘draw near to God and He will draw near to you.’ This is what I did at a point in my life when I felt disconnected to God and after a while, after being consistent, I started to become charged again. But note that it is not the act of doing these things alone that allows us to be connected, but a connection through our hearts.
We all have access to the power source as Christians, the question is whether we are plugged in. When our phone battery dies we are so quick to connect it to the charger, in reality, many of us don’t even allow our phone battery to die. Whenever you feel your battery is low, go back to The Source and get charged up (seek & pursue God, read and meditate on His Word, pray and worship).
It’s time to re-evaluate where you currently are. What percentage is your spiritual battery? How strong is your connection to The Source? Watch out for Part 2 of this post which will focus on ‘staying connected’. But in the meantime, start connecting to The Source.