Saturday, March 31, 2012
But He looks at things differently.
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will bear much fruit.--John 15:2
Much of what grows in me does not honor God, and He cuts it off because it is useless for His purpose. He has other plans. He intends to grow good grapes, and then turn them into wine, into His glory. Everything whose end does not produce glory goes on the scrap heap.
This is my prayer...that you may be filled...with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.--Philippians 1:11
And, once the vineyard leafs out and begins to produce, God intends to join me in it. He responds when I grow in Him:
Let my Lover come into His garden and taste its choice fruits.
"I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride."--Song of Solomon 4:16-5:1
This is His promise to me...to be held close and loved as valuable, to live with Him as His bride. A time will come when pruning is long done. The sun will shine and the grapes will hang full and ripe. I will call to Him and He will answer me. But until then, I am satisfied to be a beloved barren stick waiting for summer.