God’s work in us is sometimes invisible—and always takes time. Have you ever wondered why God goes to the trouble of sanctifying us? He could instantly zap us into His image the moment we decide to follow Jesus, or He could transport us into heaven the moment of our conversion. Why would He opt for taking us through the long, drawn-out process of planting, watering, pruning, and harvesting? But sure enough, He rolls up His sleeves, puts palms to the dirt, and begins putting the pieces of our lives together in a way that matters.
I think it’s because He’s not looking for a store-bought tomato. He wants the real thing, raised by His own hands, hard won as it is.
To a gardener, grown is overrated. It’s growing it that makes the fruit sweeter.
Read John 15:1-8. What does it mean to you that God is a Gardener, a Vinedresser?
How is it comforting, how is it encouraging?