"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Those of you who have followed this blog for any length of time know that our home is nestled deep in a forest. This makes having a vegetable garden impossible, and growing flowers? Problematic at best. But, we manage to find some which thrive in partial sun/mostly shade, and enjoy them throughout the summer when, and where, they add color and cheer to our deck.
As fall looms and cooler temperatures are in the offing, the plants are not simply surviving, they are thriving! The first hard freeze is threatening, yet our impatiens have more promising buds than ever. We cannot bear to see them meet and untimely end. So, we decide to bring them into the house along with the Dragon-wing begonias. The "hot house" environment does wonders for the impatiens, but the begonias wish to wilt. We usher them back outside as soon as conditions are agreeable.
When the next freeze warning is issued, we carry all the plants inside again. This time, however, the impatiens rest on our hearth as before, while we place the begonias in the garage which is cooler. This works so much better for both species. The begonias stay perky. The impatiens produce seven blooms on one plant and three on the other. In November? Unheard of!
These plants are both bearing much fruit because we choose to care for them. From inclement weather, we protect. In balmy weather, we encourage. When it rains, we let them soak up nature's moisture.
Doesn't God do the same for us?
Jesus promises us that when we trust and find our rest in Him, He will always be there for us. Some of us may require more pruning and nurturing. But, with the Lord as our vine, our essential root in life, we can't help but bear good fruit in His name.
Do you have a "green thumb" story to share here?
Will you pray with me?
Help us to ever remember, Father, that apart from Jesus, we can do nothing. May our lives be faithfully grafted onto His that we might always bear good fruit in this world. Amen.