Well, so far we've stayed above freezing for the most part this Fall. We have had a couple mornings with a little frost on the ground, but my garden does not seem deterred. I went outside to gather some tomatoes for a salad on Sunday evening, and it just didn't even hit me until 24 hours later...I took tomatoes from MY garden on October 13. The middle of October!!! So as sad as I may be that summer is ending, daylight is waning, and time to drag out boxes of coats and snow pants is upon us, I must pause and praise for the extra long growing season. And do I really need to feel sad? Has God not been faithful to keep His promises? It's time for the earth to rest in our part of the world. Autumn rains are drenching the ground with moisture, and I read last night that these rains do more for the next growing season than any other rains throughout the year. He is already preparing for the next year. So I won't pout. I too will prepare my home for the cold months. I will submit to the quiet stillness of winter and wait patiently for the spring. He tends the earth, and He tends my heart.
I Am the True Vine“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:1-11, ESV)