THE VINE, THE BRANCH, AND THE GARDNER

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THE VINE, THE BRANCH, AND THE GARDNER

BLOG POST #34

Grand Designs

 

John 15:1-2 & 5 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful....... I am the vine, you are the branches."

 

We all live and are a part of God's garden. He finished his designs long before we got here. We are walking out what he laid out. I say this to bring the mind of the reader to God's grand design and our role in it.

We all have dreams, goals, and ambitions. In a hundred years, our accomplishments and all the sensations that came with them will mean a lot less to us and most likely mean little to others. Think of Henry Ford, what good is the Model T to him now? What about Steve Jobs, is he looking forward to the next iPhone?

God's agenda is beyond us. That is to say, his plan leads up to and beyond our lives. We take part in his work as He works through us. Things in life can seem unfair. But life is not about us. We aren't built to enjoy life on this earth once we leave. Jesus was and is able to, not us. Our lives have ramifications that echo into eternity for us, those we come in contact with, and those we may never know. That is too great a responsibility for any person to handle. It's a good thing we are not required to. We have a Vine that provides everything we need to be fruitful and a Gardener dedicated to the task.

Food for thought: What if this life was meant to give temporary satisfaction by design? What if existential crises are God's way of getting us to spend time on what really matters? What if love, sacrifice, family, service, and friends are the tools God uses to teach us his language? What if part of God's agenda was to make us more like Him and to make the Earth more like heaven? What if it takes God to do the only things that matter and the only things that last?

"Time, the great destroyer, is powerless to extinguish this sacred flame; time can neither exhaust its strength nor put a limit to its range. This is it which strikes me most I have often thought of it. This it is which proves to me quite convincingly the Divinity of Jesus Christ” - Napoleon Bonaparte

Genesis 22:2 Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, whom you love--Isaac--and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you."

As I write this I find myself waiting. Waiting on a promise. I want to give up but my doubts have not been able to kill my hope. Beyond the senses into what might be considered nonsense, I find myself waiting with expecting something good. I've taken steps in this new direction but I can't see my way clear yet. At times it gets frustrating; but try as I might, I can't shake the hope. I can sense something coming. Deep down. If feels big. Thought I don't know what's coming I'm excited. The excitement drowns frustration and carries me to joy.

Ever get excited and not know why? Find yourself smiling, laughing, talking about things that haven't happened yet. That you can't shake even when you can't see, taste, smell, or hear it. But you feel it where it matters.

Zechariah 9:12 "Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you."

Despite all the reasons I have come up with to give up on this hope, I can't. Well crafted arguments give way when a text comes in at just the right time, a certain song plays unexpectedly, or any one of the many ways God reminds us that he is in this situation. That this is his doing. There is a degree of discomfort. I've come to realize those feelings to be the signs of something dying in me that needs to go.

John 15:1-2 & 5 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful....... I am the vine, you are the branches."