Have you ever watched a child wander too far from their parent or even experienced this with your own child? The child doesn’t want to get lost or be disconnected from their parent. Most often small children do not wander on purpose, they are simply distracted by something else or just running aimlessly enjoying their new found freedom! I think we are this way with God sometimes. We don’t wander off on purpose. We just get distracted by something or run aimlessly in any direction because we are free to do so.
In John 15:4 it says:
“Remain in me, as I also 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.”
The word remain means to stay in the place one has been occupying. If you read this verse with the definition of remain in mind then you have to take note of the fact that you would have to actively leave the place of dwelling, the place of connection to Jesus, in order to NOT remain.
That thought made my heart sad. I don’t want to leave that deep place of connection. It has caused me to ask the question, “Am I connected? Deeply connected to Him? Am I remaining in Him?” My heart is to ask this question daily in this busy season of the year. A reminder to remain. To not be a child who is distracted by the gifts, the lights, the gatherings, the stuff that crowds in for my attention around the holidays. But, to Remain. After all, if I remain then He remains in me. This thought makes my heart sing! Remain, sweet friends. Remain.