I love looking out the window of an airplane, even if I am over a wing. I don’t normally think about how that wing is attached to the plane. But if I did, I would just assume the connection was good at what is called the “Pickle Fork.” That is the name of the juncture between the wings and fuselage. Lately, the new generation of the Boeing 737 has been showing cracks in exactly that spot!
Today’s verse teaches how vital our connection is with the Lord. Just as there can be no fruit in a branch separated from the vine, so there can be no good result when a wing detaches from the fuselage. This verse tells us to remain in Him, meaning that sometimes we do not. Our independent spirit and sense of self-sufficiency can create some serious cracks! The separated branch or wing can look good to others but without that essential connection, there is no purpose to it being there.
To remain in constant communication with the Lord takes focus. To always be aware of His presence and love takes deliberate effort. But when I spend time in His Word and my thoughts are directed toward Him, I see my day take on purpose as He works through me. Nothing I can accomplish will have any eternal significance without His amazing productive power. I can almost feel those cracks forming when I do not spend time with Him. But when I stay connected I see results that I know do not come from me alone.
Lord, keep me connected and crack free!