Posted on June 26, 2018 by Matt Jury under Samuel Rutherford

The great Master Gardener in his wonderful providence has planted me in this part of his vineyard by his grace, and here I grow and abide till the great Master of the vineyard thinks it fit to transplant me.”

Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661)

I was driving down the street this week in a neighborhood of old homes. As I sat at the stop sign I notice a beautiful site of nature. All of the branches of an old tree had been cut back all the way back to the trunk. Now, in its place beautiful new foliage was growing and the tree was taking on a beautiful new shape. I sat for a moment admiring the new splendor of the tree. I though what a beautiful example of God’s gardening we have. As serendipity would have it I found the quote above today.

We are here to do a job according to God’s plan and while He may have to completely reshape us several times, like the tree I saw, His goal is to get us to be walking the path He intended for us from the beginning. All we have to do is listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and we will eventually be shaped in the image God intended all along.

By increasing our awareness to that still small voice inside (The Holy Spirit) and by constant prayer we can reach His intended goal for us without too much difficulty. If we do not at least try these two things we are not always going to be on His intended path and the road will be rocky to say the least.

Try to devote at least the first and last hour of each day to His praise and glory. Pray, meditate, do His good works throughout the day when possible. That will at least get you started. Its like your beginners action plan. Stay with it, it get easier. And above all see His glory in everything in your day. From the pruned tree in His garden to the smile of a child reflecting His glory. I wish you joy and abundance of love on your path. JBS

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