I sat quietly this morning to find the truths behind the lies of who I am. I regularly do this because I get so caught up in the lies that I forget who I really am sometimes. A list of things came up, most things I have to write and remind myself regularly – one thing stood out from the crowd of truths and I felt the need to write about that. I saw a tree and the phrase “Tree of life” came to mind, I thought that’s not for me, Jesus is the tree of life! While that is true, Jesus says we’re the branch and that’s what I heard as I thought of the tree of life, I am a branch on Jesus’ tree that brings about life. I have my role to play, my own unique part that is special and different to every one else’s. God reminding me that I am his branch, reminds me that I am important…leaves and fruits spring out of me and it has nothing to do with me but where my root and soil comes from. The roots and soil gets all the water, the living water and that spreads to me, if I don’t have a strong root firmly fitted in that soil then I’d be dead. Jesus is everything that makes me strong, he’s the root, the soil, the vine, the living water and because of all of that I can bare fruit. I’m no longer a dried up, cursed fig tree but growing into a beautiful tall oak tree of righteousness. Jesus gave me visions the other day for comfort of us both sitting under a fig tree and he’s teaching me the way of life, how to guard my heart and all that. I remember asking him ” why are we meeting under a fig tree, didn’t you curse this tree for not bearing fruit?” His response was so kind and gentle, he told me that I was like that fig tree, cursed and dried up, not baring any fruit but I’m not that way anymore. Now I am blessed, bearing good fruit and he’s breathing life into me to bring me to life similar to the tree we’ve been sitting under. We are cursed no more! I am at home under that fig tree, sometimes we just sit there and that is enough because Jesus has become my home. I praise God for what he’s doing in me because left without him I’d be a mess, with him I’m becoming a beautiful message.
“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. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 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. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are 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 done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” ( John 15 : 1-8)