The story is told of a woman who lived on the coast of Ireland at the turn [of the 20th century]. She was very wealthy and also very conservative in how she spent her money. Her neighbors were quite surprised when she became one of the first people in the area to have electricity installed in her home.
Several weeks after the electricity had been set up, a meter reader visited her and asked if everything was working properly. After listening to her say how happy she was with the new addition to her home, the meter reader said, “I’m wondering if you can explain something to me. Your meter shows scarcely any usage. Are you using your power?”
“Certainly,” she answered. “Each evening when the sun sets, I turn on my lights just long enough to light my candles; then I turn them off.”
The woman had the power available to her, but she did not use it in the way it was intended to be used.
Could we be making the same mistake with regard to the privilege we have of access to the companionship of the Holy Ghost during times of adversity?
Daniel K. Judd, “Hard Questions Prophetic Answers”, 2004
We have been supplied with "spiritual electricity". We have tremendous power, an unlimited spring of power, available to us from the One true source of that power. It's there. We just need to flip the switch and leave the switch on. We can't sit in the dark or with a flicker of light from a candle so that we conserve power usage. Our visibility is extremely limited doing that.
But no matter how much power is there, we still have to flip the switch to turn it on. It doesn't just come on by itself. We need to do the work. Then, we constantly need to be changing bulbs and not just sitting back, thereby letting the bulbs of spiritual experiences eventually die. The power will always be there, but to use it, we need to make sure our appliances are working.
Sometimes, I rely too much on portable, backup power systems, or artificial power systems, such as generators. They can sustain me for a time, but when the fuel of spiritual ambition and support runs out, the power on that generator will eventually die too. However, with the neverending supply from the Master Provider, His power will never die, and it is sufficient to power everything and more.
I think also, sometimes, I rely on the limited light from a candle too much. I can't see beyond several feet in the dark. Sometimes it can get extremely dark during times of adversity. So.... when His power and light is so bright and reaches all dark areas, why don't I use it more? And use it always?
During the final meter reading at the last judgement, it will not matter how much power usage I conserved and didn't use in this life. It WILL matter how much power I did use. The meter should be at full capacity. In this case, the more I used in life, the less I will have to pay when it comes due.
One quick thought about candlelight. When you look at the light from a candle, you still see black from the darkness surrounding it. With the light that Christ gives off, there is absolutely no black visible anywhere. It's our eyesight that imposes and limits that light.