Rhythm of Life
Rhythm of Life
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:1-2
During our cold winters, Canadians live with a landscape that lies hidden under the snow. Although it may appear there is no life, deep inside a plant is preserving itself and preparing for spring. This is also a time for pruning back branches on trees, or grafting new twigs (called scions) into a host tree. When just the right conditions come along, plants and trees will be ready once more for growth.
Even some household plants follow this cycle. An orchid spends some time in dormancy, a rest period before it can bloom again. It’s important not to give up on this plant as it drops petals, when its leaves lose lustre, when its stems may shrivel. It’s not attractive. Though it may take months, new buds do eventually begin to swell, and we see beautiful blossoms open, one after the other.
Because of COVID, the church seems to be hibernating. We are unable to interact with each other, or the community, as much as we’d like. It appears as if everything has frozen in place, that life in the church as we know it has nearly come to a standstill, and we wonder if a resurrection is at all possible.
In this stressful time, we’ve had to be creative about how we can continue to meet needs. It’s been a time to cut back on programs we’ve run for years, and to graft in new connections online. It’s difficult to understand because we view some of what was cut away as really good. But as a church loved by our gardener, we can trust that God’s inscrutable ways are for our eventual growth and fruitfulness.
As the light increases and conditions again become favourable, the sleeping plant stirs and once again flowers and bears fruit. We, too, awaken at God’s Word, and know that He makes everything beautiful in His time.
“But everything exposed to the light becomes visible – and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. That is why it is said: ‘Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’” Ephesians 5:14