(For those not familiar with the greater Siloam Springs, AR metropolitan area, the streets named below form a square that is, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 a mile across. My house is contained in the square...now it might make sense. If not use your favorite map program and look up Siloam Springs, AR.)
If you don’t live in the neighborhood with West Jefferson St on the north, Elm St. on the west, West Harvard on the south, and South Mount Olive on the east...you probably are not aware that the city is replacing waterlines in that area. I happen to live in that area, so I am familiar with the work that is taking place.
The other day I was looking out of our kitchen window and I saw an incredible thing. As part of the work, the city is putting in a new fire hydrant just across Granite from us. This is not the “incredible” part of my observation.
The “incredible” part is the precision with which the new fire hydrant was being placed. Apparently it’s not a question of just finding a main waterline and putting a fire hydrant in...there is an awful lot of thought that goes into the process.
After a whole lot of figuring by a half dozen city workers...I can only assume geometry was involved...one man was operating the backhoe that was lifting the new hydrant, two men were guiding the swaying hydrant and three other men were huddled up talking and pointing to nothing in particular. Absolutely incredible!
In John 15, Jesus calls Himself “the Vine” and His followers “branches.” He also makes a point that “apart from me you can do nothing.”
If Jesus is the “Vine” in our life, then everything else in our life is in line with Him and flows from Him. And if we ever think about adding an activity, relationship, job, or, well, anything else to our life, we have to be sure it lines up perfectly with Him.
If we add things that are not in line with the “Vine” then the “Vinedresser” (God) just might have to do some pruning to our life...which, though necessary, can be painful.
When we are “plugging” something new into our lives, we need to use care and precision to be absolutely certain that we put it in the right place. If we don’t get it perfectly in line with “The Vine,” the consequences can be disastrous!