Thursday, August 12, 2010
The Apple Tree
The storms of life can take a toll not only on trees but on you and me as well. Sometimes the storms hit us with great force bending and breaking us, sometimes the lightning strikes, sometimes the wind just blows us to pieces but we have a great God that will see us through the storms of this life. Sometimes we may need a little pruning and some dead branches cut away so that we can bear fruit. John 15:1 says, "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit." Just as dad cut away the rough, torn, ragged dead branches so does God take away the rough, torn, ragged dead branches of our life that will only drain the good from us and hinder us from bearing fruit.
Yes, it is still bearing fruit and so can you and I - no matter what or where we have been. God will prune us so we can still bear fruit just like the tree in the corner of the orchard that is "still bearing fruit"!!