The Garden Show

Sunday, September 18, 2011 Posted by Sara

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Lately, every morning, I wake with hopeful anticipation that fall has arrived.  Here in Redding, a cool summer day means we’re in the 90s.  Ridiculous. Unless you like that kind of thing – baking, I mean.  For a few mornings, now, I admit I’ve lovingly eyed my sweaters, and dreamed of cozy evenings drinking hot tea. 

Fall is ironic in all its beauty, because what is really happening as we gawk at all the foliage is, it’s dying.

Recently the Lord has been taking me through a season of pruning.  Ask me how I’m doing – and through teary eyes, I’ll probably tell you, “Raw.”  He’s going after deep roots and cutting anything that is not bearing fruit.  I can’t quite say it’s been pleasant, or beautiful.  But I have this sneaking suspicion, in the end it will be both. 

I invite you this week to join me as I watch the Gardener at work and uncover the value and blessing of these fruitful albeit, raw seasons.

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” John 15:1-2

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