Plug by Emily Owen

 
On 12 November, I had the privilege of attending the online book launch for A Beautiful Tapestry, by Tracy Williamson with Marilyn Baker. I was not asked to plug the book here, but I am choosing to, because it’s a great book. Have a look, and you can watch the launch, too:

A Beautiful Tapestry

Book Launch

During the day, before the launch in the evening, my internet decided that it didn’t really want to work. I really needed it to work, at least briefly that evening, as I had been asked to say a few words.

So I sent out a few texts – and emails if I caught the internet at the right time – asking people to pray the internet would play ball.

Prayers were answered, and the internet remained connected for my little slot.

A few days later, Tracy and I were chatting, and she asked what I’d thought of the slide show of photos at the end of the launch.

I had to confess that I hadn’t seen it.

You might suppose, from what I said above, that my internet had given up by that point.

In actuality, hard though it may be to believe, the laptop had switched itself off because – wait for it – I had not plugged it in.

Not only had I not plugged it in, I had not noticed I had not plugged it in.

I had been so busy focussing on the fact that the internet might not work, and worrying about that, I hadn’t noticed that the laptop was not plugged in. It was not connected to a power source. It was relying on battery which, inevitably, would run down.

I wonder if perhaps we can be like that?

Busy focussing on deadlines, or writing, or lack of writing, or whatever it may be that’s going on. Big things, things we ask people to pray about (and rightly so). And, as we focus on them, we forget to check that we are connected to our Power Source. Connected to God.

We’re relying on ‘battery’ which, inevitably, runs down.

When I told Tracy that I hadn’t seen the slide show, she said, “Oh that’s a shame. I wanted you to see it, because you’re in it!”

Was I? That was news to me, because I’d missed it, because my laptop was not plugged in.

The internet connection could be as strong as ever but, without the laptop being plugged in, the internet was void.

I was in the slide show, I was there, but I didn’t see me.

Jesus spoke to His disciples when they had been busy, focussed on other things, checking their ‘internet’ was working, perhaps worrying about it too. And what did He say?

'Come with Me.'

All that the disciples had been doing was good. They’d been telling people about Jesus. 

And Jesus said, in their busy-ness, just as He says to us in our lives,

Don’t forget to plug into Me. 

Come.

Rest. 

Find peace. 

Find yourself.



Comments

  1. This book is worth a plug! It was a wonderful evening at the book launch. I did see the slide show at the end, but I have been caught out by not being plugged in before. I have been known to disappear from Zoom meetings because I have switched the charger on at the socket, but forgotten to plug the other end into my laptop. And I often need the other reminder too!

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    1. Thank you Susan. I'm glad you saw the slide show, and your solidarity is much appreciated!

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  2. I agree. It really is. I'm sitting here reading it right now and it's stirred me, moved me, woken me up and showed me so much. And I'm only on page 131.

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    1. Brilliant, Ruth. And only on page 131 is good, it just means you have more to come.

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  3. I've finished it now! Utterly brilliant and it's inspired me for my December blog.

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  4. Great post Emily. And so true. I must put this book on my To Buy list.

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  5. Thank you for such a great reminder in your blogpost! One of the things I need -NEED- to do daily is my prayer walk and it truly is my plug-in. I wonder why it is often a struggle to give myself permission to plug-in? It feels like I’m taking time off work, instead of being as you say the power supply.

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  6. What a shame, Emily! I'm not always strong on IT issues either. I once hosted a prayer meeting but cut out before the others because my laptop hadn't been plugged in and the battery went. So you're not the only one. I saw a bit of the launch after it happened. This book looks great.

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  7. And I loved the reminder to stay plugged in. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you... And the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds... Stay plugged in!!

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