My father is the husbandman ( John 15:1)

It is comforting to think of trouble, in whatever form it may come to us, as a heavenly messenger, bringing us something from God.  In its earthly aspect, it may seem hurtful, even destructive; but in its spiritual out-working it yields blessing.  Many of the richest blessings which have come down to us from the past are the fruit of sorrow or pain.  In every time of sharp pruning, when the knife is deep and the pain is sore, it is an unspeakable comfort to read, “MY FATHER IS THE HUSBANDMAN”.
Doctor Vincent tells of being in a large hot-house where luscious clusters of grapes were hanging on every side.  The owner said, “When my new gardener came, he said he would have nothing to do with these vines, unless he could cut them clean down to the stalk; and he did, and we had no grapes for two years, but this is the result.”  There is rich suggestiveness in this interpretation of the pruning process, as we apply it to our lives.  Pruning SEEMS to be destroying the vine, the gardener APPEARS to be cutting it all way; but he looks on into the future and knows that the final outcome will be the enrichment of its life and greater abundance of fruit.  There are blessings we can never have unless we are ready to pay the price of pain.
I walked a mile with Pleasure
She chattered all the way
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.
I walked a mile with Sorrow
And ne’er a word said she
But, oh, the things I learned from her
When Sorrow walked with me.

One thought on “My father is the husbandman ( John 15:1)

  1. Thank you for this. I’m going through a time of pruning right now and this reminder that God knows what He’s doing and has a plan for my future comes as a great encouragement!

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