Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Vineyard - KS Part 4

Have you ever been to a vineyard? Have you ever wanted to pick grapes from the vine?
I have wanted to do both and honestly thought I would probably never have that opportunity.
I was wrong!

(Jesus speaking) "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." John 15:5
I love how my life in Jesus parallels with the things of the vineyard. And I just wanted to experience the vineyard first-hand.

The majority of our crew woke up early and loaded into Uncle Jimmy's truck. We drove down the dirt roads a couple of miles and pulled into the most beautiful sight - acres and acres of vines filled with juicy grapes.

Uncle Jimmy helping the girls.
(sidenote: Uncle Jimmy (and Aunt Ann) is Greg's uncle. Greg is the husband of Sheila and Sheila is Brian's sister - got it?)

Elizabeth was my little helper for the morning.

Look at those girls workin'!

Uncle Greg and Weston

Caleb and Abbi

This is Old Joe - the owner and keeper of this vineyard. He came along passing out drinks.
And telling funny stories!

The line of vineyard workers. Uncle Jimmy went ahead of us pickers and trimmed away the vines so we could see and cut the bunches of grapes.

This was an awesome find.

Each team had a 5 gal bucket and would fill it up. When it was full we would dump the grapes into a wooden box that the farmer would pick up later.

(Jesus speaking) "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 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

The summer of '09 will go down as a major "pruning" season for me. Though difficult and even painful at times, I am thankful for the growth that comes after the pruning. For the most part, I can say that I walked through these times with no regret. I completely trusted God and walked by faith knowing He was there - step by step. However, there a couple of instances that I made terrible decisions - I allowed my flesh and emotion to take over. I felt totally justified! I know, I know, one always wishes for a second chance or a do-over, but in my case, I see it as a real time of growth. I am glad it happened b/c it allowed God to show me how weak I am without Him and when I try to do things in MY own power - I usually fail!
"If 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." John 15:6 (yikes!)

And besides that, it has given us something to laugh about now. (especially Brian :)

All to say... I loved the vineyard experience. I love the vine and branch analogy. And I love Jesus!


Andrea Cherie said...

oOo that looks like fun! And a bunkhouse!? Awesome idea!

Cinnamon said...

You are such a sweetie! I miss you~


Cheryl said...

Oh how I wish I could've been in those vineyards with you! I love concord grapes and would have loved to help pick!! I would also love to meet your family some day as I know our children would probably love playing together! Especially your Abbi and my Sarah! Sarah loves horses, too! Maybe someday on earth - if not, up above! :o) Until then, your family is in my prayers...

Anonymous said...

I have just read the last 5 of your "posts" and all I can say is it is a good thing I am not talking with you! My throat has a huge lump and my eyes are shedding tears. Thank you for sharing such memorable photos and comments. Papa and I have studied in depth the past weeks, those scriptures in John about "the vine" and all. We have grown to love those scriptures and to be able to see them lived out in our lives and the lives of others. God is amazing and what HE tells us through the Bible is truth yesterday, today, and tomorrow. August 2009 is over and now time to pick up with school and finish out the Big Canyon campers for the fall. May God continue to bless you and mold you into the likeness of Christ, as you go about your lifestyle that I believe must please HIM. WHO ELSE?/, Your mother/your children's Nana

Keepin' Up with the Joneses said...

Thanks for being vulnerable Ash. Pruning seasons are hard. Love you!