Wednesday, July 17, 2013

farmer's market fruit

I absolutely love Farmer’s Markets. There’s just something about walking around the booths, checking out all the fresh produce and breathing in the scent of homemade bread. I look around at all the homegrown fruits and veggies, and I just want to shove all of it inside a burlap bag and take it home with me.

So when Daniel {the husband} and I just happened to be driving by the Botanical Gardens at 1:47 p.m. on Wednesday and saw the sign for the Farmer’s Market beginning at 2:00 p.m., we just had to make another loop around the block and check it out.

Daniel gave me a one item limit, so we walked away with a big box of blackberries, though I also wanted the peaches and the asparagus and the corn still in its shuck and the… well, you get the picture.

Every time I see a truck bed full of produce, I can’t help but think of all the work that went into harvesting that crop. John 15 has been a special passage to me since I traveled to South Africa. It always brings up the same question:

What does it mean to be fruitful?

It is a question that I am really pondering now as I start a new chapter of my life. How will I be fruitful in Memphis, Tennessee? What fruit has God prepared for me in this new town with these new people?

If I am ever going to find out, I have to remain in Him—even when it’s pruning time. My prayer is that I will take advantage of this new season, that I will not be useless, withered and burn-worthy, but pruned, purified and fruitful.

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
-John 15:1-5

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