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It’s funny what will trigger a memory. It could be a sight, a smell or a sound. Just this morning I came out and saw my son watching television and it took me back about 10 years when he was just a pint-sized three.

Almost every Saturday when he was small, he would wake up with his then blond hair tousled from sleep, pad out to the kitchen in his Dinseyfied pajamas and we’d have breakfast. Then we’d sit up in my bed in the middle of a pile of pillows and I’d turn the television on. He’d watch now defunct Disney shows like Bear in The Big Blue House and Rolie Polie Olie, while I sat next to him and flipped through catalogues and magazines.

It was one of those memories that I’ll never forget and if I ask him, he remembers those mornings too.

As I rested in that memory this morning, I realized it was a very real picture of abiding with someone because sometimes abiding with someone is just a state of being with them, connected to them in an undeniable way that goes beyond the work we all seem to think it is and getting to the point where we just are together.

The LORD paints a wonderful picture of this when He talks about the vine and the branches. Do the branches question the vine? Do they work to be attached to it? Do they do very much but trust and rest in the source of their nutrients and their life?

The answer to all those questions and more is ‘no, they don’t’ all they do is allow themselves to be grafted into the vine, take sustenance from the vine from which they grow and then the vine takes over, doing the rest of the work. In essence, they get to the point where they’re not fighting to grow their own way and the grafting in process is done, so they just rest in vine.

If only we could all get to that point of being with the LORD, to that place where we just are with Him in the way that He promises we can be if we truly abide in Him.

“Remain in me, and I will 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.”

John 15:4

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