Keep Texting Me.

Remain in Me and I will remain in you. John 15:4

An unexpected text from my daughter alerted me that her anxiety had followed her clear up to Boston. It went to work the first few days of her five-week summer intensive at Boston Ballet.

She didn’t know why but was clearly under attack this particular morning before class and needed me to ‘text her off the ledge’, so to speak.

After I’d offered a quick prayer for her protection, I’d responded with momma words, rich with encouragement. Reminders to hold her thoughts captive…then sent a few smiley emojis.

These all seemed to hold that wicked anxiety in check so it wouldn’t run amuck.

Because she responded with, ‘okay’

Thinking all was well, I breathed relief and my mind returned to other matters.

Then this:

Keep texting me.

At that, something stirred in my heart. Call it momma’s rescue instinct, a gush of passionate love for my kid…I don’t know, but that cry for help moved me.

Deeply.

I prayed for her again. Harder this time. Then sent a silly GIF (graphic interchange format) and reassured her I was still here.

What if God chose to communicate with me via text? Maybe He’d be inclined to say the same. Only it would read with far greater sophistication. A perfectly crafted and properly punctuated sentence like…

Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. John 15:4a

I interpret God’s directive several ways:

Keep interacting with Me.

Keep receiving My unfailing love for you.

Keep seeking Me for wisdom.

Keep attempting to honor Me with your thoughts, words, and actions.

Keep striving to know Me more fully.

Basically, child, remain in Me. Otherwise, you’ll bear no fruit.

No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. John 15:4

Just as God encourages me to remain in Him, I need Him to remain in me. 

King David felt some of this desperation for God’s presence after he’d committed sexual sin with Bathsheba. Upon learning that he’d fathered a child as a result, he ordered her husband Uriah be placed on the front line of a fierce battle, hoping he’d be killed and never know (2 Samuel 11:1-16).

Which Uriah was.

How convenient.

Then…guilt. And conviction as David cries out,

Do not cast me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

Read today, David might have communicated something to God’s holy cellular device like:

I know I sinned. Royally. But please don’t delete me from Your contact list. I need You to restore and sustain me. So, if You would, Lord God…keep texting me

Seems where God and His people are concerned the plea to ‘keep texting me’ works both ways. 

Remain in Me and I will remain in you. John 15:4

As with the relationship between a branch and its vine, God desires that I remain in Him (‘Keep texting Me’) and I – desperately – need Him to remain in me (‘Keep texting me’).

What are some ways you work to stay in close contact with God throughout the course of your day? 

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8 Comments

  1. You are so gifted at seeing such rich truth in everyday situations.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      You, too, friend! I believe God allows me to see His rich truth in the course of an ordinary day/situation and then guides me as I type/write.

  2. Alice says:

    Beautiful! The story of the vine and branches in John is one of my favorite passages and you have shed wonderful insights, Mary. Thank you.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Kind words, Alice. The Lord gave me the idea of a “texting” devo long before the Word of truth to back it up. And then…John 15!:)

  3. Dawn Kinzer says:

    Boy, I needed this today, Mary! I usually keep in communication with God throughout the day with little chats here and there. But, this morning, I’ve had one stressful situation after another come up – and I just realized that I haven’t turned these little problems over to God and taken the time to just rest in him. Thanks for the reminder that he’s there, willing to take on that stress for me.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Grateful the Lord directed you to take the time to read and that it blessed you, Dawn. God is in the stressful situations…texting, texting, texting. Often I have my cell phone silenced and don’t catch messages so I can be alone with my thoughts. May you rest knowing He’s carrying your concerns.

  4. Martha Mullins says:

    Beautiful, Mary! How blessed Caroline is to have you to “be there”; and how blessed we are to have the Lord ALWAYS PRESENT.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      I’m just thankful she reached out. At her age, many simply keep to themselves or numb pain in other ways. Grateful He is always present, too.

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