This has got to be the best explanation I’ve ever heard about what it means to abide in the Vine! This author, Signora Sheila, lives in Italy where literally thousands of vineyards are cultivated! Check out her post:
If you’ve walked with Christ for any length of time you have probably experienced dry spells. You pray, you read, you attend church, and seek fellowship. But it seems you’re just going through the motions and get little out of it. God seems far off, the heavens closed.