I Can Do Nothing

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).

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2 thoughts on “I Can Do Nothing

  1. I wish I could be with you today to give you a little distraction. I always find comfort in your writing. 7 more weeks will go by in the blink of an eye and I know your faith and all the prayers everyone is praying will carry you through.

  2. When I read this I felt so sad for you. You are entitled to have days like your morning started out. You have been a magnificent pregnant bed rest patient! We wish we all could have your perseverance and strength! It is so comforting to know that you know where you can go for help, your Lord. He is able to do immeasurably more than we can even imagine. We all need to be reminded of the awesomeness of God. It brought me to tears when I heard the outcome of your Doctors appointments. God is so good. See He is giving you His strength and even the Doctors are amazed! Keep up the GREAT bed rest and following all the Doctors instructions and baby Chun will arrive when the timing is perfect! Love You XXXOOO

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