"Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me." John 15:4 (NIV)
It was totally revolting...inching its way across the rim of my fruit bowl. Disgusting! It looked like one of those slimy, teensy...but no less gross, worms that occasionally finds its way home from the store in your broccoli. Fortunately, the unwelcomed critter met his demise (smooshed in a paper towel) without having sampled any grape-y juicy-ness, as the bowl was empty.
That was a fitting way to start a rainy Monday. Yes, the rain, so desperately needed...that nearly prompted me to run outside and do a little dance yesterday...made today look bleak and dreary. Rain that an hour earlier plunked such a delightful rhythm on my roof and windowpane...the lullaby that dueled with God's wakeup call to meet with Him and feast on His Word.
The rain won.
I chose poorly.
I started the day apart from The Vine.
And it was like that appalling little worm inched his way across my morning...nibbling away at the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Until I fought back. Yep! I pulled out my Sword! I reached out toward the heavens with a song of praise. And God redeemed the day!
Father, forgive me for my laziness. Thank You for Your mercies that are new each morning...even if I choose poorly. Thank You for drawing me to the Vine...my source of strength and joy! Please let the Fruit of Your Spirit be born in me!