So, God has me in process on a lot of things right now. It’s been a hard season for me- lots of things coming my way to stir up my anxiety and not a lot of wise choices being made on my part to control that. I haven’t written a lot because, while I know I don’t need to write from a place of perfection, I do need to write from a place of perspective, and that’s something I’ve been lacking.
I think I’m climbing my way out of this, one rung at a time, thanks to the ladder my good Father has thrown down into the pit of my own making. Rung after rung, truth after truth, one step at a time. One of the best things in life right now is the knowledge that there is no thing I can do to earn God’s love, and also that there is no thing I can do that will keep me from His love. That just floods my entire being with peace. I am secure in Him. When all of the other things are exploding or imploding or just plain crap, I am able to stand in the midst of it and know I am secure because of Christ.
I heard someone speak recently on John 15:1-11, where Jesus speaks about being the vine, His Father as the vinedresser, and His followers as the branches. Eddie, the speaker, asked us to notice how often ABIDE is repeated. I think I counted nine. Nine times in eleven verses. Abide, according to some online dictionary I used, means “to remain, continue, or stay.” If we remain in Him, stay with Him, continue with Him, we will bear much fruit. And here is the other thing Eddie pointed out… we are called not to produce the fruit, but to bear the fruit. It’s not going to be anything of our own creation, we will have had nothing to do with it other than choosing to abide. Do you know how much peace that gives me?
I can’t manufacture love or joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness or faithfulness. Gentleness is not conjured up by my own self. My efforts at self-control, on my own, would be laughable-and have already proven to be so. But I can indeed choose to abide with Jesus. I can choose to remain in Him, continue to walk with Him, and seek Him each day. I can remain in Him while chaos swirls around me like an F5 tornado, but my secure foundation will withstand what comes. And not only withstand, but the flower boxes on the house may even bloom. Only by God’s grace, because of the complete work on the cross, can I even begin to imagine this.
YOU GUYS. This is pretty amazing stuff. Amazing undersells it, but do you catch what I’m trying to say? I’m just really grateful. He really does love me, and He really does love you. And nothing can separate you or me from that love, once we are in Christ. That really is some good, good news.