Dry Branches

A couple weeks ago we had a really big storm in our area.  It brought on big thunder and lightening and my little people ended up in my bed waiting for it to pass.  After it settled down we all went to sleep, but the whole county woke up the next morning to find limbs and trees down all over the place.  We had sticks, branches, leaves and a big mess in the yard.

Storms can be tough on trees and some managed better than others.  On the back of the property there was a giant tree completely uprooted.  The whole thing came crashing down.  Thankfully it didn’t hit anything, but there’s a lot of uncut firewood that could come in handy this winter.

A few days later I was noticing all the limbs piled up on the edge of the yard.  It had only been about 3 days since the storm, but the broken limbs that once had healthy green leaves were dry and the leaves were all brown.  My youngest girls think that any type of plant, limb or bush that is broken can be fixed by putting it in a vase of water.  Unfortunately, once a limb is broken off it can’t go back to the way it was.  It can’t be healthy again.  The only way to keep a limb or branch healthy is for it to remain a part of the main source.

Looking at those limbs on the ground I thought about all the storms that I have faced.  Storms are a part of life.  None of us can escape them and they can be tough on us and make a mess.  Sometimes they are so bad that we blame God and we separate ourselves from Him, from the main source.  And without fail that leads to a dryness in our soul.  We become unhealthy in so many ways when we lose faith in our life.

But sometimes it isn’t big things that cause the dryness and the decay in our lives.  Sometimes it’s very small and simple things.  It is a busy schedule.  It is distractions.  It is too much to do.  It is not enough quiet.  It is a change in our routine.  Somehow, without us realizing it, we begin to disconnect from the main source because other things have our attention.

In John 15:5 Jesus says, “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.”  The scriptures are clear that we can’t do anything apart from God, but yet we try don’t we?  Why? Why do we try to do things on our own, apart from God?  I have made that mistake more times than I can count.  The end result is that our lives are like those dried up branches. We can’t do anything of value apart from the main source.

The good news for us is that we are precious to God.  No matter how broken we are or how dry we’ve been, we can always reconnect with the main source.  He wants us to.  He invites us to.  He calls us to Him.  Jesus is the vine and we are the branches and once we belong to Him we are always His.  We can be healthy and alive and don’t need to be dry branches.  We only need to abide in the Vine and drink from The Living Waters to be made whole again.