The master gardener

ATD 197The Word

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” John 15:1, 2

Thought

I read this and pictured an early morning scene where the sun is slowly bringing light to a gentle slopping hillside covered with acres of a vibrant healthy fruit producing vineyard. In my mind’s eye, in the middle of the vineyard is an old man gently moving his hand methodically through the branches, carefully pushing leaves aside inspecting the condition of each plant part from stem, leaf, to budding fruit.

He knows his vineyard well and precisely how to best care for it to produce the optimum harvest in quality and quantity. Occasionally he snips what appears to be a perfectly healthy green shoot capable of bearing fruit. This action to the untrained eye and mind might appear counterproductive, but the old and wise vineyard master knows this is the necessary procedure for the best potential harvest.

Prayer

You know me far better than I will ever know myself which is why I am praying, as did the Psalmist David, make me know and do Your will Lord. My desire is to produce for you the best potential harvest from my life. Amen.