Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Beauty of the Vine Life

JP writes:

To live on a vineyard is truly a magical experience. Yes, it's hard work, and expensive, and my wife, parents, kids and I have sacrificed plenty of personal fun time to keep up on the farm. But in the end, the vine life is a beautiful life indeed. 

It is no wonder that Jesus' first miracle was to make water into wine and, in one of his last moments on earth, He took his disciples out into a vineyard in Israel and said to his disciples while surrounded by grapes, "I am the vine and you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." (John 15)

It is mind boggling to think that Jesus, who I believe is the son of God, understood the beauty of the vine life over 2000 years ago. That really gives me an appreciation of this life on the farm and my relationship with Him. 

When you see your vineyard go from this.....


to the first blooms...



to the first bud....


to the vineyard coming to life again...


and a week later take the same picture and you see this....


it has been a treat to be a part of it all.  

I am not sure how long we will live the vine life, but I am going to try and savor all of it. Moments like tonight; marveling at the full moon and the stars. Going out in the morning  to the chicken coop and feeding the chickens and turkeys and bringing 50 eggs in the house. Watching the goats play or the neighbors horses and cows graze. Mowing the vineyard for hours and enjoying the sunshine beating on my arms and face. Trying also to enjoy the setbacks, the frustrations, and the trials and tribulations that are a part of this life too. Because they are all moments to cherish.

This life we live is very short. Some people live a long time and some go too early. We never know when our time is up, but we all need to look around and see the good that is all around us and enjoy life to the fullest. We only get one life and in the end I hope that myself and others can marvel at the little miracles that happen everyday. Happy Easter Everyone! -JP