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Power Shortages

I don't know what is worse, seeing the doctor or sitting in the lobby waiting to see the doctor. Really, it's not a coin toss for me, I hate the waiting. I've always been a punctual guy. 7:15 doesn't mean 7:20 or 7:25 to me, if anything, it means 7:00 or 7:10. Doctor's offices are notorious for running 30 minutes to an hour behind, and it drives me absolutely crazy.

Last week I walked into my doctor's lobby when I noticed something was different it was completely dark, except for the light that came through the windows. Great I thought, this will make the wait longer. "Is this a local problem," I asked the receptionist, "or have the 'rolling blackouts' hit?" As it turned out, it was a part of the rolling blackouts that have plagued California ever since the public energy commission failed to give the utility companies the increase they requested. I enjoy watching the news every evening, but I don't like living in it.

Soon the nurse called my name, close to on time, I might add, and escorted me through the dark hallways into the examination room. (I hate sitting on that butcher paper they always have on the examining table, don't you?) There was a nervous energy in the air, a note of uncertainty. I sat on the butcher paper for about 15 minutes when the lights came on again. Soon the doctor appeared, greeted me, then said, "Let's see if I can get this computer powered up so I can check the results of your test."

"Hmm," he said after a few minutes of fiddling with it, "let me see if any of the other computers are working." And he left the room. They weren't. The main server was down so none of the other computers could access the medical records.

"Instead of having you wait here," the doctor said, "why don't you go home and we'll send you a letter with the results of your tests and tell you if we have to change your medication." I left the doctor's office without the information I needed, instead, I was told I'd have to wait some more. All because the doctor's power was out for a couple of hours. I'm still waiting.

No electrical power is one thing, no spiritual power is another.

"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 NIV)

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