ENCOUNTERING GOD THE GARDENER
I am not going to lie, I don’t know much of anything about farming or gardening. My Dad, father-in-law, and brother are all into gardening, but for whatever reason I could never get into it. Furthermore, I simply did not inherit a green thumb. It is a stretch for me to keep alive potted plants let alone consider actually growing fruits and vegetables. However, one of the things I have come to appreciate with farming/gardening is the patience and the reliance upon God that it requires. As a gardener, you can only do so much: clear the ground, improve the soil, pick the right plants/seeds. A farmer can get the conditions right for fruit and vegetables to be able to grow, but is reliant on sun, rain, and the weather for something to actually grow. A farmer can’t make something grow because God does all the growing.
This week, Jesus declares “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.” Jesus goes on to talk about this business of bearing fruit – that as disciples we are to bear fruit. However, it is Jesus that actually makes the fruit grow. All we are called to do is abide in Him. In worship this week, we will investigate this fruit bearing business as well as what it means to abide. I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we encounter God the gardener.
Rev. Colin Snider