A few years ago, the water main on our street broke late one afternoon, and a crew from San Antonio Water System (SAWS) came out to fix it without warning residents that our water supply would be turned off. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of fixing supper, and couldn't finish cooking without water. Nor was it possible to go out and buy more, much less eat at a restaurant, since our dead-end street has only one exit, which was completely blocked off by their heavy construction equipment. Fortunately, there were almost two gallons left in our office water dispenser, so we were able to make do with that amount until the repair job was finished and service was restored.
We immediately refilled the dispenser, and made note to keep extra water on hand for future emergencies, thanks to this valuable reminder that we shouldn't take an uninterrupted water supply for granted.
Reflecting on this incident later, I realized it's just as important to have a reservoir of "spiritual energy" to draw on in case of emergencies as it is to keep a stash of bottled water in the house. In addition to being a powerful tool for getting centered, serving others, and starting the day on a positive note, having a regular practice of prayer and/or meditation is also an important process for "storing up" spiritual energy - for building a reserve supply which we can access in case of emergency or unexpected interruptions of our free flow of Spirit.
Of course, Spirit is Infinite, Unlimited, and freely available at all times. And yet... in my experience, there are definitely occasions when it seems hard to access. Especially when unexpected challenges such as illness or injury strike you or your loved ones unexpectedly, it can be mighty hard to locate, much less open your pipeline to Spirit. At times like that, I believe it really helps to have a reservoir to draw on until you find yourself in The Flow once again.
I know this might sound airy fairy to some folks. So be it. All I know is that Spirit always works if we let it, but it helps to do our part - and it definitely makes a difference when we keep our inner reservoir filled with a generous supply of prayer time and meditation. At least, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
With gratitude and blessings,