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.


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

What if God chose to interact with me via text? A perfectly crafted and properly punctuated sentence like… Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. John 15:4a

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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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