Fruit Out Of Season
While watering the vines the other day I noticed a cluster of grapes which wouldn’t be any big deal except that this is the dormant season (see post from 12/29/16). My immediate thought was that this is a confirmation of that previous post – God is always at work even when things appear lifeless /dormant. My reflection on the appearance of this fruit out of season continued. Q: Where does fruit grow? A: Only on new branches where the old has been pruned. Q: Have these vines been pruned? A: No, not until February. Q: Then what is this fruit doing here? A: That branch must have been broken and this is the new one growing out of the broken place. Q: Jim, are you getting this? A: Yes. Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies, it remains but a single seed. But if it dies it produces a crop . . . more fruit.
I don’t know when or how that branch broke. I might have been careless when mowing close to the vine or it might have been a stray ball thrown by a grandchild or simply a strong wind. Stuff happens and things break. There is a pruning that happens even out of season. But the promise is always in season. It is a principle built into the kingdom where God rules: Life out of death, wholeness out of brokenness, new from old. Call it redemption. Call it resurrection! When God is at work; when grace is applied, never be surprised by fruit even if it seems out of season. “He makes everything beautiful in its own time.” Ecclesiastes 3: 11a