‘I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.’ (John 15:5)
As isolation isn’t currently an isolated phenomenon, I can’t assume that others aren’t struggling with some of the more emotional, and perhaps exestential questions which arise when the mind has the opportunity (if not the obligation) to confront itself.
Despite the isolation, there’s a lot going on… and a lot of stifled voices; a lot of unemployed… a lot of hollow purpose, and lost direction.
‘…He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit…’
In our heightened search for meaning, for purpose, as I wonder aloud to myself if my labors count for anything, if I have value to contribute, I can recall that the basis of any fruitfullness I have is going to be found in Christ.
What’s more, I can realize that while my tendancy is to labor and strive in order to be effective, my fruitfulness will come as I abide in Christ. In fact, without Him, I can do nothing, so the more that I struggle and strive, the more I will be certainly found striving in my own efforts; my own strength… my own futility.
With the current situation that the world finds itself in, there is lots of striving… how much of it is fruitful? I don’t know, but I do know that YOU are not without value; that YOU can be fruitful, and that the very simple key to this is abiding in Christ.