As I look at priorities in my life, this lesson is particularly poignant. If I try to do too many things at once, I may indeed produce fruit, but it is not the same caliber as if i focus my priorities on things that matter most. Sometimes, I may be able to prune my own plant, but often I find the Lord of the Vineyard has to help me. Sometimes, He even prunes me when I wasn't expecting it! Though this kind of pruning hurts most, in the end, it helps me to grow stronger and produce better fruit.
I learned other lessons this morning as I looked with my spiritual eyes and pondered my grape arbor. These two pictures show various ways the branches are supported as they grow from the main vine. Sometimes, the plant (on the left) is able to send out little tendrils that fiercely grasp the fence, wire, or other nearby support systems. Other times, the Lord of the Vineyard must guide the plant (on the right) and secure it to the support system in some manner while it continues to grow.