My favorite Bible verse isn’t John 3:16, or a widely known verse about God’s love, or even about the grace offered to us. Instead, my favorite verse is John 15:5 where Jesus says, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” That’s just the last half but it’s a reminder I often need. The whole verse is Jesus saying, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”
I woke up on the “wrong side of the bed” this morning. It was early, I was already bored, uncomfortable, and lonely, and not looking forward to the day, even though I get to go out to the doctor this afternoon (which also means a trip to Starbucks). There are enough emotions with being pregnant that I try not to give into emotional bursts, but this morning I was struggling. It’s been almost 8 weeks of bed rest, but I have 7 weeks left. With the weather being so nice this week, I’ve found it especially difficult to stay in bed laying down.
Pushing through my tears, I grab my Bible-verse-a-day calendar and flip the page to find John 15:5 as today’s verse. It’s like I can hear Jesus speaking right to me, “Remain in Me.” Read the Bible, sing some praise songs, stay close to the One who loves me and is always with me. Because apart from Him, I can do nothing. Apart from Jesus I can’t do bed rest, I can’t survive this mental game, I can’t find joy or peace or comfort. But with Him I can do all of this and so much more. Now to Him who is able to do more than I ask or imagine be all the glory (Ephesians 3:20).