Friends . . . there is a disease among us. One that lures us in for the moment, but leaves us weary and unfulfilled by days end.
The Disease: Busyness. Hurry! Rush! Go!
The symptoms: weariness, discouragement, bitterness, anger, discontentment, distress, unhappiness, ingratitude. We are too busy to stop, pause, reflect, listen, connect, and rest.
Our Doctor, Great Physician; Our Healer, the Lover of our souls, is well aware of our disease of busyness. That's why His word is full of prescriptions to nurse us back to health.
The Prescription: ABIDE
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:1-11, ESV)
Please, I beg you, don't continue to fill up your schedule to the neglect your soul. Will you consider doing less so that you can abide more? Stay connected to the True Vine . . . it is the only prescription that can cure. He is the only One that will make you healthy and whole.
"And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32)
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
by Melissa Danisi