Why do we attempt to fight the battles in our lives alone? We pray to God and ask Him for His help but yet we turn away from our time of prayer, to continue the struggle on our own. Do we realize that when we attempt to make our lives work for ourselves; that we are separating ourselves from a God that is rich in power and strength? In John 15:4, we read…“Remain in me, as I also 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.”
Let’s say that we had an apple tree in our yard and a storm came and some of the branches were knocked to the ground. Some of those branches may still have apple blossoms on them but since they are no longer connected to the tree; then they will no longer be able to produce apples because they have lost the connection to the part of the tree that can give them the nutrients they need, to remain alive and bear fruit. In a similar way…the storms of circumstance may strike us down and even though we were once connected with God; we will never be able to experience new growth and the process of producing fruit for God, as long as we choose to remain disconnected from His presence.
The storms of time definitely have a way of taking us to a place where we feel as though we have been knocked down and defeated but we must remember that as long as we allow these moments to keep us disconnected from the presence of God; then we are never going to progress and produce new and lasting growth.