“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 ‭ESV‬‬

Ever feel stuck? Some days with the LORD are plentiful , and some days without him feel empty. We go into seasons of joy, seasons of discontentment, weakness, sorrow, and feeling as if we are missing something.

I can trace back to the days where I felt empty and remember that.  I ran on the little useless fuel I had, and didn’t use the plentiful fuel the LORD has set aside for me.

As humans, it is so easy for us to foolishly attempt to rely on our own strength. Each and every time do we fail.

One of the most stressful times during my transition to Chicago was apartment hunting. Each and every morning I got myself up, rejecting to address God and the issue — searching through Zillow, Apartment Finders, Craigslist, and contacting the few people I knew in Chicago through emails in search for an apartment. I grew myself tired, and if only I had addressed this issue to my father in prayer, I would have been relieved.

I was stuck. My heart immediately surrendered to the conviction that was beating in my heart. God had revealed to me that I was going to move somewhere unfamiliar to me, a move I was elated about, but I forgot to address the messenger of my move with the details of it. It was as if I stole the big picture, and tried to handle details that I never owned.

I heard Holy Spirit whisper to me something that didn’t seem rational to my human mind. “STOP” . Stop? I had a little over a month to find a place to stay. What do you mean stop?

But I listened. It was hard, and took a lot of self control to not open up my laptop and continue my search.  During this listening moment I recalled the moment I felt the call to move, and the gracious ways God lead me up to this season of my life in Chicago. I remembered being rejected by hospitals for jobs and how he taught me patience at a job I really didn’t want to be at, but became a great source of income for my move. I remember changing my major, and how intentional He was in doing all that because if I didn’t I wouldn’t  have experienced my move to Chicago. All this to lead me to where I am today. There were so many seasons and lessons I remember Him teaching me all to prepare me for now. So if God wanted me to be in Chicago , guess what? He would have to find me an apartment, right?

And He did. A more perfect fit that I could have ever picked.

That season helped me bear fruits of faithfulness and self control. I abide in Him. It was so tough but I remembered John 15:4 so vividly during that week.

I challenge, those old and new to the faith: What are some issues, worries, and desires that we have yet to address to God?  What is holding you back from asking him?

God is waiting. He’s waiting for us to surrender, and ask for help. He watches us while we  struggle, and can’t wait to jump in to help us. Jesus, being the incarnate God came to this earth and said this “Come to me, all you who are troubled and weighted down with care, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28. This is what he gives. Rest for a troubled soul, rest for a troubled world, rest for his troubled  children. Jesus says this after he makes a declaration that ““All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Matthew 11:27.

This is good news. This means that because Jesus is God. It means that all that Jesus is, God is and that we can approach the God of this universe with our troubles.

Here’s the challenge. Abide in Him. Rest your cares upon Him, cast your worries to the true vine.  If you look up the definition of Abide you will find that it means “to live” or “to dwell”. Living and dwelling in the one who lived and dwelled physically with sinners like us, and who is living and dwelling with us spiritually today. He is the vine that gives.

Written by Micarme Noel

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