Most days, I read 1-3 chapters of the Bible. (In January, I started reading through The Message edition.) But some days, I don’t get beyond a few words.
Today I read, “Abide in me.” (John 15:4)
These three little power-packed words stopped me in my tracks. I’ve been busy with many projects – a house to pack up for a big move, articles to write, goodbyes, visits, new phones and address changes. I’m also planning messages for an upcoming retreat. All good activities, all necessary but they draw me into a whirlwind. My thoughts scan a never-ending to-do list, desperate to scribble checkmarks.
Abide in me. Those words drew me away from necessities and back to the essential – my relationship with God.
Abide means to live. I can make myself at home in God. In all my present activities, I can find rest, perhaps not for my body but for my inner self, the part of me that generates the most unrest.
Rest comes best to me when I pause to consider the marvels of creation. The structure of a simple leaf, the grooves in the rocks I collected for my garden, flowers that bloom in ditches – beauty everywhere, beauty that calls out – abide in me.
The Creator of all this invites you and me to breathe deeply in Him.
The secret to enjoying God is living life in Him. Today, let these 3 words, “Abide in Me,” draw you into joy.