The Vacuum Cleaner Syndrome
Fallen man wants to run his own life and take control. Letting go of this control seems extremely difficult because it is hard to trust a God you cannot see and usually cannot feel or hear. However, when we refuse to give up control and submit to the Father, we shut out the power of the Holy Spirit.
Once we shut out the movement of the Spirit in our lives, we are left with only our own energy as we deal with our daily issues. We are bereft, feeling like we must fix our own problems and those around us. However, man was not created to function like God.
I think of it as acting like little vacuum cleaners sucking up everyone’s problems and pain when it is God’s job to purify us and our family in His power, mercy and grace.