Monday, March 23, 2015

Planting Trees

Spring is really here! Not only does the calendar say it is spring, but one need only step outdoors and breathe in that fresh, warm spring air, see the buds breaking open on some of the trees, hear the call of Eastern Phoebes (the first spring birds to arrive), see the green grass growing and the first flowers blooming, and you know that spring is here to stay. And I am so enjoying my favorite time of year!

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)

4 comments:

  1. Yay! Hopefully that means some warm weather will be creeping up our way soon. We just had an ice storm this morning and a town up north go 10" of snow!

    I love having fruit trees, but boy is it hard to be patient. Seems like most trees take two or three years before they bear fruit. It's so hard to wait...

    -Christina

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  2. We were thrilled to have two pears on out tiny pear tree last year! Our fruit trees are of the slightly miniature type, and they grow in large pots. This year my Apricot has flowered...so maybe there will be two apricots later in he Summer?

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  3. Snow and ice?! Hopefully you all will have warmer weather soon, Christina! We're back up in the 60's today and it is beautiful. Spring really feels like it has arrived!

    Oh yes, how well I can relate to having patience with fruit trees. :) By the time our trees were finally old enough to bear, we had two years with late frosts and another with a major hailstorm so no crops either of those years save for a few peaches and an apple or two last year. Hopefully it will be a different story this year!

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  4. That would have been exciting to get pears off of your pear tree, Elizabeth! Even if it was only two. :) Hopefully you'll get even more this year and some apricots, too!

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