In Chasing Vines: Finding Your Way to an Immensely Fruitful Life, Beth Moore invites us to join her in her life-changing quest of vine-chasing – and learn how everything changes when you discover the true meaning of a fruitful, God-pleasing, meaning-filled life.
As in any Beth Moore study expect to get lost in Moore’s web of artfully crafted words, analogies and stories. She paints beautiful pictures of her time in Tuscany with her daughters - the trip that started her love for grapes and vineyards. The book is broken into five parts: The Vineyard, The Vinedresser, The Vine, The Fruit, and The Harvest. As Moore moves through the stages to harvest she brings out the deep meaning of vineyards to the ancient Israelites and speaks from both a historical and modern horticultural perspective of what it takes to grow grapes. It is easy to see through the discussion how Jesus would compare us to the branches of his vine which he prunes to produce more fruit (John 15:2).
In this book, Beth is more vulnerable about her life’s challenges – what seemed different to me in this story is that she is more comfortable trusting us as the readers with the rawer and sometimes prickly parts. She talks about her husband’s propensity to profanity, her deep relationship with her Buddhist brother, and her struggle in the church to support women in leadership. She challenges us not to decide whether or not our struggles are worth the fruit we produce, but instead to move forward to let God, the great Vinedresser, be with us in our journey to produce that fruit in us.
I’m sure you have considered as I have what God is trying to do through all the unprecedented times that are currently represented by COVID-19. Only He knows. With such things that now affect literally everyone I was happy to take a moment to consider the master Vinedresser and His painstaking work in our lives. As Jesus urges us in John 15, “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.”