Monday, June 6, 2011

Remaining in the Vine

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15: 5)

I decided the housework and other things could wait this morning, and I savored a time of prayer, Bible reading, and Bible study here at home by the pond, my favorite place in the world to be.  A delicate breeze was blowing the sweet smell of honeysuckle through the air. As always, I was in awe of the beauty of the mountains, the warmth of the sunshine, the birds singing, and the sound of the creek trickling behind me. It never gets old, no matter how many times I experience it and I never get enough of it. It's about as close to heaven one can get here on earth.

It was a lovely time of quiet reflection on what matters most in my life. I cherish times of peace and serenity, because they are so few and far between. When I make time to be still, it keeps me focused and gives me the strength to keep going. 

God gives us what we need most exactly when we need it. It was no accident that my First Place 4 Health Bible study lesson today contained the following quote: 

"The branch of the vine does not worry, and toil, and rush here to seek for sunshine, or there to find rain. No; it rests in union and communion with the vine; and at the right time, in the right way, is the right fruit found on it. Let us so abide in the Lord Jesus." ~J. Hudson Taylor. 

Such a profound truth in a simple quote! I hope I never forget it. I often find myself worrying, working, rushing around trying to fix situations, trying to find answers to life's problems, and stressing myself out. It's usually during the times when I'm worrying and hurrying that I neglect my Bible reading and prayer time the most.

I need to remain in the vine, connected to Christ, who will provide all the nourishment I need to bear fruit in His perfect timing. I'm so thankful he is the Vine. Being a branch, I can abide peacefully in Him and wait; knowing and trusting that He will supply every need in every circumstance.

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