Lessons from a tree

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. ~ John 15:5

What do You want me to see?

This is the question I asked God over the weekend.  My attention was drawn several times during our camping trip to a rather odd looking tree.

I knew that the Spirit was drawing my attention to the tree for a couple of reasons:

  1. I’m not a woodsy, outdoorsy type of gal {big surprise, right?}  Sunsets are pretty, I think the Chesapeake Bay is the most beautiful place on earth {I could be partial} but the woods- they do nothing for me.  Trees are trees. 
  2. I felt a catch in my spirit each time I walked past the forlorn looking tree.  I would look at it again, trying to figure out what I was missing.
  3. No one else with me {this was a church camping retreat} seemed to be affected by the ugly tree.

Armed with those facts I knew that this must be something God was trying to show me.  So, I asked Him.

What do You want me to see?

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

The tree caught my eye because only one side of it had any branches.  One side of the tree had full, leaf filled branches.  The other side was bark, just plain, old, DEAD bark.

(not a picture of the actual tree, courtest of Flickr)


If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers, such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, sh0wing yourselves to be my disciples. ~John 15:6-8

Reading through Radical by David Platt again, I find myself asking the Lord to renew my hunger for His Word, asking the Lord if I am bearing fruit and if the fruit I think I am bearing is pleasing to Him…

He used a tree, albeit a pathetic looking one, to show me the difference between branches connected and grafted to the Vine and those that fall off the Tree because they couldn’t remain there.

What do You want me to see?

Abide in Me, remain in Me, keep My Words in your heart and I will show you.

This post is linked to A Holy Experience.


  1. Great analogy!!

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