While we have yet to start planting anything in the garden, last evening we did planting of another kind . . . fruit trees! Dad had ordered eight more apple trees and two peach trees (some of which are to replace trees we lost due to the bad hail storm we had a few years ago), so he dug holes for them on Saturday and then we all planted them together . . .
Dad showing Leah the graft point on an apple tree
Leah holding a tree in place while Dad started filling in the hole
Dad, Mom and Leah planting trees
All the apple trees are planted!
Before long, all ten trees were in the ground, and it was fun to plant them together! Albeit a bit muddy at times. :) Now we can look forward to these trees growing, and hopefully, eventually bearing fruit!
As I typed that last sentence, a word picture used so often in Scripture came to mind . . . us, believers in Christ, bearing fruit for Jesus Christ. One of my favorite passages of Scripture speaks about this very thing:
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser . . . every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit . . . Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing." John 15:1, 2b, 4-5
Just as the branches of the fruit trees need to abide in their 'vine' in order to produce fruit, so we, too, need to abide in our vine, Jesus Christ, in order to bear fruit. May that be the earnest desire of each of us . . . abiding closely in our Savior, Jesus Christ, letting Him work through us so that we can bear abundant fruit for Him!
Last year's peaches
"My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples." (John 15:8)