When life returns to normal, it can sometimes be difficult to keep the spark alive. Couples may experience this once the honeymoon stage is over in their marriage or young parents when they have to go back to work after having a baby or even college students after graduation and the reality of getting a job becomes more real than ever. Whatever stage in life you are in, these drop offs in life after a momentous occasion is finished can be hard to come back from.
So how do we keep the spark alive? It is not easy, but it is necessary, especially when it comes to our faith. Just like our daily life, we will all have highs and lows when it comes to our spiritual lives. The spiritual highs are easy. It is easy to believe in something bigger than yourself when everything is going well; however, it is the less exciting times in our faith that give us a reality check.
For the band Revive, the first big event in our life as a group was our first Spark concert. Leading up to the big night, we spent hours of practice time planning the set list and preparing the songs. When the big night arrived, it really felt like we were one unit and as we walked onto the stage our hearts were beating with the love of God and the desire to share his message with everyone who attended.
With an audience of over 250 people, the sanctuary was electrifying to say the least and we all left the church that evening feeling very full of God’s presence. When it came time for our practice the following week, I walked in a little less excited than normal. The big event we had just been working towards was over and we were now starting on a new project. I tried to walk in with my usual excitement but quickly felt that everyone’s energy had dropped off as well.
When I went to turn the sound system on, hoping a little music would pump some life back into the group, I was even more discouraged when I found the sound system was not working. What I didn’t know was that God was already working on making this practice magical. Instead of creating our typical sound, the band came up with a new plan. We formed a small circle and played an acoustic version of all of our songs. We stripped down the songs to the bare bones and what we created was beautiful. We were able to listen to things in the music we had never heard before and we spent the night looking at one another in our circle growing together spiritually.
The spark was almost out, but when God intervenes and we faithfully show up to fan the flame he has created in our lives, that is how our faith continues to grow and how we recover from spiritual lows. In 2 Timothy 1:6-7 it says, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
God gives us the power to keep His love alive in our lives no matter what the circumstances are, but we have to actively take part. He did not make us to be timid in our faith, but to continue to take action in deepening our spiritual life on all parts of the roller coaster ride. The band could have just gone home because the sound system wasn’t working, the newlyweds could chose to let the spark of their marriage fade, the college graduate could decide to not pursue their dream because fueling the flame is work, but when God is involved it is so worth it.