Do you like tomatoes? If so I have some for you! I am currently picking handfuls of Cherry and Roma tomatoes a day from my square foot garden. I am also starting to bring in cucumbers, squash and peppers. I have a few little bitty really hot peppers that have grown amazingly, I am just not exactly sure what do to with them. If you have some suggestions, I will gladly listen!
Its been a great experience this spring, taking care of these vines by directing their growth and providing support and water. And finally what a pleasurable experience walking into the house with hands fulls of fresh produce. Its a great thing being a vinedresser. I can only imagine the pleasure the Lord gets in when he observes the fruit we bear. Check this out – still from the Johns:
1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:1-8 (New International Version)
This is to my Father’s glory! Yep! The Father loves to walk into the kitchen with a big grin on his face and an armful of fruit – your fruit! Live today in a way that glorifies the gardener by producing fruit! Are you not sure what fruit you can produce? Take a quick look in Galatians and if you know the song sing along while you read it.
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.