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.John 15: 5 NLT
“WHY am I still
such a little bud hanging here?I should
be a big red apple by now.Wonder what
I can do to make myself grow faster?So
frustrating because it feels like nothing is happening!”
It may sound silly that
an apple blossom would get frustrated over its growth.We all know that it takes months to go from
bud to a ready-to-eat apple.
Yet we all are
guilty of consciously or unconsciously falling into the same thought
pattern.We want more of God; we want to
grow into a deeper relationship with Him.We get frustrated at the seeming lack of visible growth.At times it even feels like NOTHING is
happening.We strive to grow (at least I
am guilty).We read books, attend
church, go to Bible study, and even attend conferences in an attempt to make
something happen.We feel the need to do
SOMETHING.None of these things are
wrong; they will challenge and encourage you BUT they will not produce growth.
There is only one
thing to do.The little apple bud has to
just hang on her branch and let the tree do its work.Likewise, we need to spend time with God, in
His presence… probably more than two minutes driving to work or school or
grocery store.As we spend time with
God, meditating on His Word and communicating with Him, we too will grow.If we “hang” in His presence, He will grow
you and me; He will heal and restore us into something amazing.
thing is that I cannot DO anything to make myself grow (and neither can you) EXCEPT
by spending time with God.Then it will
happen!Yes it will take time! BUT it
will happen.I have no idea how it
happens but I choose to trust that He will do it and choose to rest in the
promise of John 15:5.
in committing to spending some time with Him
each day- no guilt trip here! but in order for “hang” with the Lord you
actually have to do it, not just talk about it.
in laying aside your striving and trying to
figure it out and let Him do it- that is a hard one isn’t it?
in surrendering to His growth time- we chafe at
His “slowness” don’t we?