Today is Day 99 in my journey to understand, appreciate, accept, share and be transformed by God's love! Here is what God has been showing me during my morning time this week. More and more He is making it obvious that I can do nothing as a lonely, isolated branch. I cannot produce good fruit without being connected to the vine. ("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).
If you look at the trees around your yard or in your local forested areas you will see branches that have been cut off from the nutrition provided by the tree. These branches are barren, have no leaves and are dried up and brittle. Imagine trying to serve while being one of these dried up branches. If a family came and set a rope swing on one of these barren branches, the branch would not hold up under the load of the swing.
I CAN DO NOTHING AS A LONELY, ISOLATED BRANCH. Yesterday I got the image of a Barrel of Monkeys. Remember those? How random. I haven't thought about those monkeys for decades! I'm definitely dating myself here as Barrel of Monkeys was created in 1965. It was a game where you hooked as many plastic monkeys together arm in arm and they would all hang as a string of monkeys. The goal was to hook as many monkeys together as you could without breaking the chain. God was showing me that if I'm the first monkey, I'm the one that is hooked onto the vine. The better my connection to the vine the more monkeys can hang from me because God's love flows through me to the other monkeys. It was an analogy to my ability to serve through His love. The better I'm connected, the more I can love and serve.
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Feeling blessed to be on this journey with all of you.