|Old Field Vineyard|
We spend most Sundays out on the vineyards of Long Island. I love to study the vines up close.
|A New Vine Grafted Onto Old Vine Trunk|
Photo credit: http://www.goodfruit.com
Do you know that the grapevine branches are a different variety than the the actual vine trunk? The vine stems are very old and the vinedresser grafts the type of grapes they want grown onto the these very old trunks.
At the beginning of the season, the vinedressers prune the branches. To the untrained eye, it seems senseless that they should cut away good, healthy vines. But, the vinedresser knows that pruning the vines year after year is an essential part of a great harvest.
Branch by branch, vine by vine, row by row, the vines are hand pruned. This is an arduous task in the many acres of a vineyard.
But, the pruning is essential to bearing fruit that is healthy and succulent.
Not only with grapes, but with us. If we want to keep growing and become a healthier human being, then we must be willing for The Vinedresser to prune us.
These are the Words of Jesus in John 15, verses 1-4:
I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the Word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
Oh, the joy of bearing good fruit in our lives!
Because of Him and Unto Him,