Monday, April 15, 2013

A Tangled Life

Its vines are tangled today – no signs of life visible from my perspective.  But I know it’s there.  Somewhere deep within.

The grape vine sits in my back yard… waiting… ready to explode with life… a fruitful life.  And it will happen soon.

I know, because it happens over and over again… year after year.  That’s what God created it for.

And the lesson I see repeated each spring, is that the vine doesn’t worry in the waiting… hoping against hope that God will remember… that the Creator will look its way once more… choosing to use it yet again – ugly, desolate though its appearance may be. 

No, it just waits... feeding on the nutrients of the moist soil below.

It doesn’t strive.  It doesn’t fret.  It doesn’t struggle to produce even one small grape on its own strength.  It simply waits, trusting in its Creator to stir up life once again within the tangled branches.

No matter how ugly, useless or desolate your life may appear to you, know that you are not forgotten.  Stop trying to live on your own strength.

Step out of the traffic.

Be still.

The One who created you has not forgotten you and He can bring a delightful harvest through you no matter how tangled and messy your life has become.

“Cease striving and know that I am God…”
Psalm 46:10a

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