You’ve probably heard the verse, “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.” (John 15:5)
Back in the time period that Jesus walked the earth, people could relate well to this metaphor as many of them were farmers. It would have created a very clear picture of being connected to the vine and therefore being alive. If you cut a branch off from the main source, the branch will die. This is something we still understand, but there may be an even clearer picture for our day and age.
Are you plugged in to the source of all light and love?
Take a moment and think about anything that you are used to using on a daily basis, such as your TV, phone, iPad, computer, etc. Some of these need to be plugged in at all times to work, and some simply need to recharge at the end of the day. The point is, to gain energy, they must be plugged in.
We as believers run the same way, but our source is not electricity. Our source for everything that we need, want, or desire, comes from the maker of heaven and earth, the Lord God Almighty!
If you walk into a room and the light is off, the light is useless. The second you flip the switch and the electricity is connected, the light fills the room and fulfills it’s purpose.
When we walk around and forget who we are, which is the children of God, life can get pretty difficult, stressful, and tedious. But the moment we take time to connect with the love source, our Father, Friend, and Saviour, then anything is possible.
So how do we get plugged in and stay plugged in? How do we keep connection with the One who holds it all?
I’ve got good news! We don’t have to come up with some magical equation. We can simply follow the beautiful example that Christ Himself laid out for us. In Mark 1:35, it says,
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
Starting off the day with prayer is a wonderful way to get reconnected with our power and love source. Then, we need to make the conscious decision to stay connected. In Philippians 4:6 we are reminded,
“Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come.”
The other day at work, as I was emailing back and forth with an author, I could tell that tensions were high. There was a disconnect in our communication. I was feeling slightly overwhelmed and didn’t really know where to go from there. Does this ever happen to you?
Well, at this point, I thought, I’ll just talk to my boss as I know she’ll know what to do. That may have very well worked, but she was on the phone.
So instead, I took about thirty seconds, shut my eyes, and prayed. I asked God to show up, help me, and give me wisdom for this situation. You want to know what happened? He showed up and gave me wisdom for the situation as soon as I prayed! I heard this beautiful voice in my head saying a verse I know so well found in 1 Corinthians, which says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not rude, selfish, or boastful.” The moment before, I was not feeling patient and a part of me wanted to respond rudely, but that moment of plugging in to reconnect with God was just what I needed. It allowed me to have clarity and peace to move forward with what I needed to do.
The point is that we have a huge power source that we get to plug in to every moment and for any circumstance, yet we must make the decision to do so. Without it, we can end up feeling drained of energy and power within moments. But connected to the source, there is nothing that we cannot do!