I’m a Facebook lurker. That means that I love to see what other people are doing, but I very rarely comment on anything. And I never post anything on my own page. I must admit that sometimes friends post so many things that I wonder if all that they do is post on Facebook all day! Well, about six months ago I received a message from a lady who was a middle school kid when we were first married. She lived across the hall from us when our oldest daughter was just an infant. She would come over almost every day to play with her. She found my Facebook page and wondered if we were the family with the cute baby, Bethany. It has been fun reading her posts and seeing the woman that she has become over 30 years later.
Well, this morning she had shared a video about a crazy tree that grows 40 different kinds of fruit. When I watched the video, I saw this most beautiful tree that blooms in pink, white, and crimson every spring. It produces plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds each summer. Amazing! What had happened was that an art professor learned that an orchard that was growing heirloom and antique fruits was closing down, he didn’t want to lose all of those special varieties, so he combined them into just one tree. He used the process of grafting to attach branches from 40 different kinds of trees to just one. Ten years later, this tree is producing wonderful fruit of all different kinds.
This story reminded me that as Christians we are really grafted into one tree – God’s tree. Ephesians 1:5 tells us that God “predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will.” God has adopted us into His family as a true son or daughter. Then in the fifteenth chapter of John, Jesus refers to Himself as the true vine, with His Father as the gardener who prunes the vine so that it will be even more fruitful. Verse 4 says: “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
This beautiful picture of a tree with “adopted” branches made me think of the Body of Christ, with people coming from every tribe and nation around the world. As long as we abide in the vine (stay attached to the tree), then we produce lovely fruit that brings glory to God. I’m so glad that Dena found me on Facebook so that we could continue a friendship that started so many years ago. And I’m thankful to all my Facebook friends for sharing inspirational articles and videos with me. The picture of this tree will stay with me for a long time.
Because of His Faithfulness,
Sharon C. Brobst, Ed.D.