I came across a horticultural website designed to be a resource for individuals wanting to grow grapevines. Since it was in the form of question and answer I easily discovered some very interesting facts about grapevines. For example, grapevines are rather hearty; some varieties almost to the extent of being stubborn in that cutting them back to the root doesn’t necessarily prevent them from producing fruit. In fact deliberate pruning strengthens their ability to grow. In addition, those varieties which have a tendency to serpentine its roots across the surface of the soil, can develop nodes from which one or more leaves emerge that can be subsequently removed from the mother root and replanted to create another fruit bearing vine. This of course brought to mind the extended metaphor of the “True Vine” in John 15. In life, no one really wants to be pruned particularly when the fruit that we bear is so plentiful. We sometimes forget that only good fruit bears good fruit even as it is deployed away from its original root. As for the bad fruit, well what else can be said except let the pruning begin – that we may enjoy God’s Kingdom in the way he always intended, by extension of the “true” root and bearing fruit simply on the heartiness and strength of his vine.
John 15:1-2, 5 ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit…
Have you ever taken a vacation, however short or long and found you needed another few days to recuperate from getting away and then find yourself not really getting back into the swing of things until you receive a phone call from a friend? Perhaps “recuperating” is a lousy excuse for staying away from the blog which I really do enjoy writing, yet at the same time I recognize that life and simply living can and should be its own reward. So let’s just say I took some time to simply live. However, it was my BFF who called in the middle of her work day just to make sure things were okay. Thus, my first blog back from “recuperating” is to give glory to God and thank him for the friends in my life. It is during “recuperation” when relationships have an opportunity to either bloom, perhaps become more clear or simply be reinforced. I had the experience of all three in the past two weeks and have come to the conclusion that the life God has given me is filled with many blessings. Never mind the struggles as we all have. Through Christ, we are all branches from the root of Jesse. This alone gives us reason to celebrate the gift of the spirit we received at Pentecost, which lives within us today. Without it life and living really is just another day but with it life and living is a daily blessing from God.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
Proverbs 27:9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.