Our Father is the Gardener and Jesus is the vine from whom all branches must grow (John 15). None can flourish independently of Him.
We are all made unique though look similar. Some need support to stand; others grow strong, tall and robust. Some cluster in small groups while others draw us near with their beauty and fragrance while some spread wildly are spiked and poisonous allowing no one to approach them. All are created to bring glory to God, set seed and reproduce.
To bear good fruit, each branch needs to be pruned /cut back; sometimes hard, even those who have borne good fruit need cutting back to grow stronger. None can bare fruit continuously; we must rest and gather nourishment from our Source.
Jesus likened the Kingdom of God to a farmer (Mark 4:26-29) who spread seeds then continued to look after his land. He did not know how much sun and rain there would be, he just planted and hoped. When the harvest came he gathered it in as we will be gathered into Gods Kingdom. This is His promise to those who put their life in His hands.
Dear Lord, thank you that when the garden You sewed me into turned into thorny, hard ground, You sent others to sew fresh seed and to water and feed it. I have grown and flourished by Your grace and mercy, fed by Your Word and watered by Your Holy Spirit. I pray that in Your Name the seed I sew will flourish. Amen.