A couple of days ago I was mowing the lawn and trimming out around the garden. It’s been planted for about 5 or 6 weeks now so the growth progress is very obvious. What grabbed my attention is that the potato plants look GREAT while the tomato and pepper plants look a bit stressed.
They all got planted at the same time. It’s basically the same soil, the same exposure to sunlight along with lots and lots of rain. Everything got put in the ground just a few days ahead of our record-setting rainfall.
Apparently, the potatoes like lots of water whereas tomatoes and peppers don’t. I’m not much of a gardener or green thumb so all of this is new to me. But I guess it makes sense, all plants are unique in regard to the balance of nutrients they require.
The same is true for us as followers of Jesus. The basic elements necessary for our growth are the same but the balance is unique for each of us. So how do we know what balance is right for us? Doesn’t matter because we’re not the ones in charge of the process.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the Vinedresser. He 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.” ~ John 15:1-2
Our Maker, our Creator, our loving heavenly Father is also the master Vinedresser that not only prunes but waters and provides everything we need to grow strong and healthy in Jesus – the Vine. Our part is simply to participate by staying close and connected to Jesus.