April 7 (John 15:5)
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. (NLT)
Many, if not most, of us cannot do what we need to do without our phones. Just as the drugstore eventually became the place where you could get your pictures developed, pick up a gallon of milk on the way home, or find batteries and basic auto supplies in a pinch, so our phones have become the go-to computers in our pockets. Imagine, then, my distress when I plugged in my phone and it did not start charging. I was at 66% on a Sunday, and suddenly apocalyptic thoughts of a week going down in flames horrified my mind. Such is life in the 21st century…until you realize that the other end of the cord was not plugged into the wall.
To be honest, my horror at the thought my phone was not charging embarrassed me. There are people starving in the world. My first world technology problem hardly mattered in the grand scheme of things. But it also embarrassed me because I realized how quickly I had become worried at the thought of my phone dying from lack of power. Do I worry as much when I am disconnected from God? And as far as that goes, how often am I disconnected from God, trying to perform the many functions of life on the rapidly dwindling power of my own resources?
Jesus was right, and I know He was right. When I am connected to Him, I move confidently through life, even through the difficulties and challenges. When I am unplugged, so to speak, I am a frantic mess of frustration and exhaustion. You would think I would have more sense to keep my battery charged to 100%!
Jesus, thank You for slowing me down and helping me to reconnect with You. You know that I need You, and, truth be told, I know it, too. I commit myself today to doing those things that connect me deeply with You. Through prayer, through song, and through the reading of Your words, I will draw my strength from You. Amen.