Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Pastor and Farmer Brent Anderson's Guest Blog: Vine Borers Eating Away At Your Relationship With Jesus?....
The cool thing about this story was the remedy to this "vine infiltrator." Scott proceeded to instruct me to take a sharp blade and, ever-so-gently, cut along the base of the plant, open it up and extract the little pest. So with this surgery complete on more than 20 zucchini plants, I began to look with anticipation for signs of life. That afternoon the plants had perked up and it appeared to be a successful operation. Maybe, for some of you who have farmed for years, this wouldn't be very exciting; but I was stoked! For the next week I enjoyed watching the zucchini plant produce healthy fruit, but, before I knew it, these vine munchers were back. From what I can tell, these perpetrators are a common problem, difficult to combat, and repeat offenders. So until there is an effective organic solution to eradicate these pests (and I'm open to your comments and insight) we will just have to be diligent to destroy them as we see them at work.
Remaining in the Vine, Jesus Christ, produces an overwhelming experience of fruitful life. That being said, there are so many "vine borers" that come to eat away at the connection you can share with the Lord. Galatians 5 gives us some understanding of a few things that are antagonistic to the "fruit of the Spirit." These include enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, and divisions. I want to encourage you to be diligent to combat these infiltrators when you see signs of "withering" in your life, because Jesus wants you to "bear much fruit."