Monday, August 6, 2012

Bearing Good Fruit

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
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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.
My Joe 
Oh, the joy of bearing good fruit in our lives! 

Because of Him and Unto Him,


joy said...

I love to be pruned by God and be connected to him. Have a great week day too. By the nice picture of your hubby:)

Diane Ronzino said...

Aawww...thank you, Joy! Isn't it wonderful to know that our Father cares enough about us to prune us?

A Joyful Noise said...

Ouch, sometimes it hurts to be pruned, but it is all for the best. Great example here and nice photo of your Joe!

Crown of Beauty said...

My dear friend,
How did the church BBQ go?

This is a beautiful post. I have seen vineyards like this in Switzerland. The stumps are unbelievably ugly. But I didn't know about the grafting...

That is amazing, that a different variety of grape plant can be grafted into another variety's main trunk...

What a lovely picture of how the Husbandman grafts new life into our spirits that have been darkened and soiled by sin... producing new growth, and new fruit.

I have so enjoyed reading these words. And the picture of hubby... amid the bunches of grapes... that is so heartwarming.

Blessings on your Monday evening as my Tuesday morning is just beginning.


Veronica Shticks said...

What a beautiful analogy!!!

Floyd said...

What a cool thing! I didn't know the old branch or trunk was so thick?

I guess we shouldn't complain too much when we're getting pruned! We know good fruit is forthcoming.

Those grapes look good enough to eat!

LOLITA said...

I know that the grape branches are pruned to bear good fruits, but I did not explore further that it is pruned down to the oldest trunk and can be grafted with new or different variety.

That is so exciting to learn, Diane. Thanks for the info.

Anyway, we need to do away with the unproductive branches to give way to changes and good fruits. Huhuhummm. So difficult and yet so necessary.

Diane Ronzino said...

Thank you, Hazel. It's funny, I originally, wrote "Ouch! It hurts to get pruned". But, deleted that line. I love that you said it! It definitely can be an "OUCH!"

Diane Ronzino said...

Good Evening, Lidia!

Thank you so much for asking about the BBQ. That means a lot to me. I SURVIVED! LOL. It was good. God's peace was all over me. Thank you so much for your prayers, Lidia!

I'm glad you get to see my Joe. My daughter took that photo last year as we were walking through the row of vines.

Diane Ronzino said...

Thank you, Veronica!

Diane Ronzino said...

Pruning is tough, Floyd. It can hurt, but it is worth it in the long run. Giving our Father permission to snip, snip can be a hard decision for some to make. But, He is so gentle and merciful. It truly is worth it!

Diane Ronzino said...

Lolita, you are right, "so difficult and yet so necessary". It is necessary if we want to continue to grow .

joy said...

Had been reading your " Excerpts from my Memoir " in " Tell me A story" and those stories are very touching, beautiful and full of God's love. you are an inspiration Dianne. Happt to get to know you more. You are a blessing to me.

Diane Ronzino said...

Joy, your words are precious to my heart. Thank you. The memoir I"m writing is only about these types of things - God's supernatural intervention in my family's lives. I want to give God glory for all he has done in my life. Thank you for taking the time to read.

I appreciate it! I send you a hug, precious sister!

Jennifer Dougan said...

"The pruning is essential for bearing good fruit" -- hmm! :)

Thanks, Diane.

Jennifer Dougan

Diane Ronzino said...

Thanks for coming by to read, Jennifer!

Betty said...

Oh the sweetness that will come from those pruned grapes vine ...I fall back on those scriptures using purned vines when I am in a trial. If the vines could talk they would say as we do, "what are you doing to me Lord", I am left bear. Andrew Murray's books were an eye opener to me in my early years...helping me understand the process it takes to get good fruits. Great post Diane. Blessings

Martha Herden said...

A very good Post-starting out by your sharing the simple joys you have with Joe among the Vines!!

One thing Betty said struck home-
as I struggle with this Pain and those words "understanding the process it takes to GET good Fruits"
says SO much!

Blessings Diane. special also to Betty!


Pam said...

Good Italian smile behind those grapes! Looks like a bit of Italy. Did you ever see the movie Uncle Nino? It was about 10 years ago, I think. Beautifully done, Sweet, simple. Story about an elderly Italian uncle coming to America for a visit. This reminded me of that for some reason. Good truths about the vine... thanks Diane.

Diane Ronzino said...

Yes, me too, Betty - Andrew Murray's books taught me so much! I thank God for those who have gone before us!

Diane Ronzino said...

Thank you, Martha. Blessings to you as well.

Diane Ronzino said...

No, Pam, I never heard of that movie. Maybe I'll check it out!

Joe does have a "good Italian smile". Thanks, Pam!

Pam said...

Yes, it was a Christian type movie that a small company of people who wanted to make a difference in the quality of movies we get in theaters made. It didn't go to all cities, but it was here in Grand Rapids for a long time because people kept going and supporting it. The man who starred in it as the elderly Italian put it together and really strove to get support from the people. It didn't have a specific Christian message, but one of family love and beauty of heart. I found it on sale on DVD several months ago at our local Christian bookstore. Joe Mantegna starred in it. Just a lovely picture. And it was good to support it. The actor producer actually came out on stage after the film here and asked people to support and keep telling their friends. It was really something. Special to see how God moved in it because it was a clean lovely story for once. I loved the story of the Italian man and how he made a difference in the family here with his love of music, people, and the Lord.