(taken from 2003)
it’s funny these days that i’m teaching about John 15:5 to my sunday school class. Sometimes i wonder if they see me in their shoes, that i too go through their struggles as well, to some different degree, but i hope they will acknowledge that those lessons are not quite just out of the Discipleship book, but also from my experiences. I know sometimes they may look at me as if i don’t understand, but i do.
“Yes, 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.”
This reminds me most 02 202 when the FIC retreat based its theme on this passage. I remember the whole time being there just so desperate for guidance to what God wants of me, from what path to take in what was going on with my life. There was so much confusion in which direction i should take with so many aspects of my life and i was frustrated with where i was. “I never seem to be content with my present surroundings, i always want more” someone once told me about myself, actually more than one pointed that out to me.
the issue was trust.
i needed to trust the great mathematician to reveal and unfold things in my life; things that i needed “now”. i remember the last day of the retreat i went to take a walk to be alone and walked past through a field of young trees. As i proceeded farther, the rows of trees seemed to be more mature than the batch prior to them. Finally, i saw a row of mighty trees, fully mature. Still, my mind didn’t get it.
Then it became weird. I then saw a bird with outstretched wings soar above me, above the trees, above what i normally saw. Then i looked ahead of me and saw the path i was taking and it curved ahead with bushes on the side hiding the remaining direction of the path.
That’s when it hit me.
We don’t need to always know where that path is taking us. Sometimes we plan and plan and it becomes futile because things may be so unstable with circumstances. but our hope and our trust is in God because He alone has the bird’s eye view. He sees over all, clearly and surely, freely and with majesty.
And look at God’s promise after John 15:5 in John 15:7 —–> look…look…how great and awesome!
“But if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you life, and it will be granted!”
(v.9-11)”I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey me, you remain in my love. just as i obey my Father and remain in his love. I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!!”
Let God have the bird’s eye view.
Let us learn how to trust. i love you Lord.