"...apart from me, you can do nothing." John 15.5
Ever heard that verse before? You know, the ever popular vine & branches analogy. Get's you every time, right? Yeah, me too.
But, have you ever really considered what the word "nothing" means?
Nothing (adv): in no respect or degree; not at all.
Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero. Nothing we do, apart from God, is worth it. Nothing.
I've had to remind myself of that a lot lately. And when I mean remind, I mean blatantly remind. I've written it in big block letters across my journal. I've doodled the phrase with pen a time or two on the inside of my arm. I've highlighted and underlined the verse in every version of bible I possess. I've all but tattooed the words across my forehead.
Because, it's been that important.
You see, lately feel a little bit like I've been trying to do it alone. You know, I've done this before. I've lived among the poor. I've hugged the necks of the needy. I've prayed prayers of love and of freedom and of healing. And, somewhere along the way... I let my guard down. I thought that I had some kind of control over this crazy thing called life. And, this past week... I all but cracked my head open on the sidewalk as I took a unexpected fall into the pit of my own inadequacy.
I can't do this alone. No amount of money, no amount of love, no amount of wisdom I have to offer these communities will change things.
Apart from God... I can do nothing.
In this week alone, I followed a local friend of mine into house after house, hugging the necks of women who struggle from drug addition. Women desperately seeking to be free from the chains of bondage; women desperate to be good mothers; women desperate to simply feel alive. This week, I stood in front of a group of 50 women, calling out the identity and beauty that exists in each and every one of them; watching, as tears fell down their cheeks and as arms embraced. Women in desperate conditions, claiming to walk down this road together. This week, I've seen hungry children. I've heard the cries of poverty. And I've certainly felt the wrath of the enemy.
And I can't do this alone.
But, if I'm honest.. I don't really want to. Because, while apart from Him I may be nothing... with Him, nothing is impossible. Nothing.