This summer has been a very wet one and our little garden is loving it! But it takes more than water to grow a garden and reap a harvest. It takes lots of TLC, which is includes weeding, pruning, controlling pests, amending the soil, etc. These are not tasks that can be done from afar. They require close scrutiny of the seedlings and maturing plants. John 15 tells us that Jesus is the Vine and His Father is the farmer who tends the vine. The Passion Translation words verse 2 this way: “He CARES for the branches connected to Me (We are the branches, Jesus is the vine) by lifting and propping up the fruitless branches and pruning every fruitful branch to yield a greater harvest.” I just love the image of our kind Father tenderly lifting us up, even propping us up when we fall. Yes, the pruning is painful, but when we yield to His tender loving care, trusting that He will bring abundance out of it, oh my friends, it is so worth it! How is Abba Father demonstrating His TLC to you today?
Jill Perry, founder of Bursting Barns Ministries