We started out our day with this great reminder,
God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called.
Our task for the day was to pick olives from the orchard. These olives will go to the press for olive oil. The profits from the sell of this olive oil will help our missionary partners offer free Christian camp to underprivileged children.
We placed nets under the trees to catch the olives that fall and to gather the ones we picked.
I was amazed at how much of the olive trees they cut away, huge branches cut off just to get the olives. I thought cutting that many branches off would surely kill the tree. Then there were the branches that I would pick through, and every time I thought I was done….I would flip over the branch and there were more to be picked.
This brought to mind a visual….
of how God pursues each of us.
Some of us are grasped easily while others are harder to reach.
Some of us need to be beaten over the head over and over again (that would be me!) before He grasps us.Some of us, like the olives, roll off the net, and need to be brought back into the net.
Some of us feel like the smashed olive that think they can never be used…
yet God saves us for His perfect plan.
We are called to be ripe and ready.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts,
and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you
a reason for the hope that is in you
And the big limbs that were cut away, reminded me of the sin that remains in m life that the Lord slowly cuts away. And every time I think he is done, He reveals more pruning yet to be done. The cutting away of the tree never kills it, instead it allows it to flourish and produce MORE fruit. Just as the trials in my own life, when I think it is more than I can bear….He allows me to blossom and grow stronger.
This day was an amazing experience in the pages of John 15