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The Holy Spirit and the Water Wheel [Devotion]

The Holy Spirit and the Water Wheel [Devotion]

By Scott Sidusky on September 23, 2013

A couple of weeks ago my wife Debbie and I traveled up to the Seattle area to help my Dad tie up some loose ends in preparation for his move from there to where we live outside of Kansas City. We have moved him out here so that he can be near family as he fights for his life against stage 4 colon cancer. 

While we were up there in the state of Washington we stayed at a place along Hood Canal in the quaint little town of Union. It’s the type of town where the mayor hangs out with the townspeople at the local deli/cafe because they’re pretty much all friends. 

Just down the street, in walking distance away from our cottage is the Old Darby Water Wheel power station. It was one of the first hydro electric power plants in the town of Union. It’s crazy to think that this little wheel created electrical power for the town’s residents some 80+ years ago! 

As I was looking at this wheel I couldn’t help to think of how the Holy Spirit and His empowering presence, is in a way, like the relationship between the water wheel and the water that provides the energy and power to put it into motion. 

I see the wheel as representing us. We are the mechanism that God uses to build for His Kingdom. But we cannot do it in our own power. The water wheel is powerless to move on it’s own. Water must be drawn from the adjacent stream and poured out onto the wheel to put it into motion so that it can do what it was designed to do. Likewise, we need to seek the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to be poured out on us, empowering us, to put us into motion so that we may fulfill our calling to bring peace, justice, and healing in God’s great Name to a broken world. 

Let’s pray. Lord we come before you today, thirsty and seeking the power of the Holy Spirit to be poured out on us, and our churches, as You draw Living Water from the well that never runs dry. We confess that we are powerless to do all that you have called us to in our own power. We pray for this outpouring, so that we may be vessels through which Your kingdom may come on earth as it is in heaven. We pray this in the name of the Father, and the Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. 

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Scott Sidusky

Scott Sidusky (Guest Writer)

Scott has been involved in worship ministry for the better part of 17 years. He currently serves as the Creative Arts & Media Pastor at Faith Journey Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, KS. He has also recently jumped into the world of songwriting, with a passion and calling to write songs for the local church. Scott currently lives in Gardner, KS with his beautiful wife Debbie and his amazing stepdaughters, Megan and Shea.