Posted by: Melissa Bane Sevier | April 23, 2018

Connected

Nearly every day, I use Google, and I love the Google Doodles that give information about people and things, both familiar and new to me.

Last week we celebrated Earth Day, and the Google Doodle was about Dr. Jane Goodall. You’d think the writers would focus on Goodall’s vast list of accomplishments, but instead they share a video of her speaking about the connectedness of everything on earth, including humans. These are a few of her words:

There was one moment I was Gombe National Park [in Tanzania] and it began to pour with rain. And then the rain stopped and I could smell the wet hair on the chimpanzees and I could hear the insects singing loudly. I felt absolutely at one and it was a sense of awe and wonder. Out in the rain forest, you learn how everything is infinite – and how each different species, even though it may seem insignificant, has a role to play in the tapestry of life. What better day than Earth Day than to really make a determined effort to live in better harmony with nature. Every single individual matters, every single individual makes an impact on the planet every single day. We have a choice as to what kind of difference we’re going to make.

Science continues to confirm her words—that everything is connected, and that every individual matters.

Metaphorically, Jesus says the same thing in John 15:

Abide in me as I abide in you. Just 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. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” [from John 15]

The vine is the thing that holds all the branches together and makes them viable. If we remain connected to our faith, we’re going to bear fruit, even if that fruit isn’t always easy to see.

Each one of us “makes an impact on the planet every single day. We have a choice as to what kind of difference we’re going to make.”

What kind of impact do you make? Which vine is the one that gives you sustenance and influences your beliefs and actions in the world? Our tendrils reach out in ways we don’t even realize, and touch people we don’t even know.

We are all connected. We all make an impact.

What role will you play as you attempt to produce beautiful fruit?

© Melissa Bane Sevier

 

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