Have you ever had a day where it feels like someone comes behind everything you accomplish and then scrambles it so it needs accomplished again? (all the mommas in the house say "hey-o!") It was something like that, this day, but I could feel God pursuing and persevering - stretching out grace so I could step inside it.
There was a moment when I had a little one in my backseat (who preferred silence to my singing antics), when I asked if I could pray for him. He didn't say no, so I prayed... and as I did I got filled up remembering what kind of Savior I have. I got filled up just thinking about what the Lord offers to those who choose Him. I prayed for the little one's heart and for protection and for a spirit ready to hear and understand the Gospel. And then the little one said, "Amen!" and I praised God with a satisfied soul.
Abiding in the John 15 kind of way does not promise prime "abiding conditions." But this is the beauty of abiding in Christ - the only necessary condition is met in Him. The fruit-bearing branch on the vine only bears fruit because it abides in the vine. Not because the weather is right or because the irrigation is working (of course all these things are tended to by the vinedresser), but the branch bears fruit because it abides in the vine, and the vine is reliable to produce fruit.
Today when I glimpsed fruit on the branch, I praised God for the vine. I praised God because He is the one condition necessary for good things. I praise God because He abides in me and His grace alone can foil the tempter's power.