• Emma Keeton

2021_12_10 Insight Post- Emma Keeton

This week's reading- John 15-16

“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 it will be even more fruitful.”

John 15:1-2

I have a pretty Japanese Maple tree outside my kitchen window that I attempt to keep in shape through the year. Just before spring I sit underneath the tree and remove all the fine branches that have died from the effects of the hard winter. I then go back after the leaves have returned and look at the shape of the tree to prune it. The correct way to prune a Japanese Maple is to remove enough branches so daylight will filter through the leaves and the tree will keep its unique shape. As I was going through this process some years ago John 15 came to mind. The illustration of a us being garden and God the Father being the gardener brings me comfort in knowing that I am being skillfully tended to.

If we think of God being the master gardener we can confidently yield ourselves to his expert hands. The end goal for a gardener is to produce a healthy garden that exhibits beauty and yields a crop. The gardener has knowledge specific to each plant for this to happen. They know what type of soil the plant needs to grow. Each plant needs differing amounts of water and sunlight, so where the plant is placed is important. If the plant is attacked by insects, or becomes diseased, the gardener knows what is needed to bring the plant back to health.

Proverbs 3:5 says to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” God invites us to surrender to his mighty hand because he is a good Father. He knows exactly what we need.

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither-whatever he does prospers.”

Psalm 1:1-3

Emma Keeton

Prayer Team Lead