Life in Mozambique is characterized by frequent power cuts. Our lights go off all the time— unless we happen to be in a village somewhere, of course, in which case we don’t have any lights to begin with.
Generally, we have a power cut on Sundays, when the local authorities figure people aren’t working. So they cut the power for our whole area. Often, as we are holding a meeting in the evening, and right in the middle of it, we are plunged into darkness. When this happens, we just start singing. We may have lost the use of our sound system temporarily, but we can still use our voices. We sing and praise God and sing some more until the lights come back on— or don’t. No one freaks out about it or cries, “Oh no! Things aren’t going as planned!” We just keep on worshiping.
Kingdom life is characterized by praise and worship. We can praise God when things aren’t going according to plan. We can worship Him, even when the unexpected happens. We can find things to be thankful for, even when we don’t have what we consider a basic necessity.
First Thessalonians 5: 18 says, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” I like The Message version: “Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” A spirit of gratitude touches our Father’s heart. A thankful heart acknowledges all He has done for us and trusts He will give us what we need, when we need it.
If you feel like the lights have suddenly gone out for you, and you’ve been plunged into darkness— confused and disoriented— stay focused and praise God. Worship Him. You might want to pray out loud, “Father, I don’t know what’s happening right now, but I choose to worship You anyway.” Cultivate an attitude of thankfulness. Trust Him in all things. “O LORD, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O LORD, from childhood. . . . No wonder I am always praising you” (Psalm 71: 5– 6 NLT).