It is that time in the hot summer season when flowers and plants show signs of the heat stress.
Leaves and blooms that have succumbed to the harsher temperatures turn brown around their edges.
Which is why I did some light pruning, not really pruning, but removing dying and dead blooms and a little trimming away of the more unsightly portions that I didn’t think would recover. I tried not to do too much because the plants can’t take a lot of pruning in the August heat.
After my TLC (tender loving care) I was pleased with the result. I cleaned up the mess I’d made and swept up the leaves and blooms that I had taken off. Later I noticed I had missed a couple leaves while sweeping. It hadn’t been that long but they were already dry, shriveled, and lifeless.
I was surprised at how quickly the life had drained completely out of those leaves.
You know where I am going with this. Need I say more than…
Apart from the life giving vine -
There is no life.
What a powerful reminder to take our spiritual growth seriously and to abide as Jesus taught us in John 15.
John 15:4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.