"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing."
I hate shopping. I really do. But, upon a recent perusal of my wardrobe, I note how worn and faded most of my jeans, my pants of preference, are looking. I have no choice but to seek out replacements.
So I don't have to navigate through
But, there is one problem . . .
The button clasp at the waist of one pair is faulty. I can slide the button into the sewed loop without too much of a struggle, but getting it back out? This baby won't budge! I feel panic rising within me (I'll leave it to your more than capable imagination as to why), until I remember, thankfully, that my husband, Danny, is working at home today; I'm sure his fingers, much stronger than mine, will pry this stubborn button loose.
"Should I snip the button hole to make it larger?" I ask Danny when he finally, and not without some effort, frees the button from its hold.
"No, don't do that," he advises. "You'll only unravel the sown edges."
"But, how am I supposed to manage when you're not around?"
"Just keep trying to stretch the opening with your fingers. In the meantime, leave the button undone and cover it up with your belt."
Yes! This tactic works! But, I know I'll have to remind myself each time I wear the jeans to work on widening the button hole and to not make the mistake of fastening the button unless Danny is around.
When all the "buttons" in our lives are sliding in and out properly, it is tempting to think we're tackling challenges on our own just fine. But, when we find ourselves in a jam, the first thing most of us are inclined to do is turn to God for help. But, Jesus clearly tells us there is nothing we can accomplish apart from Him. This means, of course, that He is right smack dab in the middle of it all. Good times and bad. Rough seas and smooth sailing.
Shouldn't we be just as mindful of God's presence and His grace in our lives on the sunny days, not just when the storms are raging?
After all, He's the One who's got the button . . .
How do you stay grounded in and connected to the Lord on a daily basis?
Prayer: Father, help us to remember to remain in You as You are ever within us. Just as branches cannot grow without the support of the vine, we wither when we think we can do things on our own without Your presence and help. Be with us, Lord, sustain us, and let us always do Your will to the glory of Your Name. Amen.