abide in me and I in you

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Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me
— John 15:4

It’s hard to believe that we are approaching February…January was busy, I traveled with a group of youth to Washington DC for the March for Life. The experience was bigger than any words I can find to describe it. I left the March comforted by the fact that the pro-life movement is alive and well in the generations younger than me. Based on the numbers of youth at the March, they may be the generation that ends abortion…that is my heartfelt prayer.

Since returning home I’ve struggled to resume a normal writing life. My heart is full of thoughts and emotions but my words are not there yet, so I’ve been quiet. I have to be honest, I have fought and pushed back against the quiet, feeling like I should be writing more, posting more, producing more….

After too many mornings of staring at a blank screen I finally hit my knees and began to pray, then I pulled out my prayer journal and began to pray in writing… then I repeated this process every morning for a week…finally at the end of the week I found myself literally complaining to God that I was asking for guidance and He wasn’t providing it … I paused my writing to sip my coffee and the word abide came to me… abide?…. the Holy Spirit was prompting to abide?… that felt like a big ask …. to just stop …. breath …. wait …. which felt like the opposite of being productive and the one thing I was pleading to be was productive. But I did pause….and pulled out my Bible and made my way to this….

“I AM the true vine and my Father the vinedresser” the passage goes on to sayAbide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” John 15:1,4 . Of all of Jesus’ “ I AM” statements, this may be my favorite. It’s His reminder that HE is the vine, not me….that I don’t have to keep a frenzied pace in life, trying to do all things…I’m not the vine, I just need to be willing to slow down …abide in Him…. and receive… He will give me all that I need to bear fruit. And if you have ever done any gardening you know that a strong and healthy plant requires pruning (getting rid of what is not producing) so that the branch can bear fruit… prune, abide and bear fruit…this is the process and as we know, bearing fruit takes time, it doesn’t happen overnight, fruit comes in seasons. So even if I feel like I am in a season where I am not bearing much fruit, it does not mean that He isn’t working in my life…it simply means that I need to remain … my job is to abide… and I am grateful for the reminder of my role in the vineyard.

Friends, I pray this post finds you all doing well…. I would love to read about what is inspiring you these days….