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In that blueberry path, on a hot July day, I thought how faith grows when one realizes the possibility that we do not know it all, when we concede there might be more to God than we know – and we are willing to step into those paths that speak of a closer relationship with God – believing what Faith said about God, causing Hope to leap in expectation, focusing on the goodness of God, trusting, having confidence that there is more to God, though we may not know what that more truly is.

“Living in Him” reminds me of when I so loved my husband that we married and we moved in together – and when I don’t see him, eat with him, walk with him, talk with him multiple times daily, I miss him, get a little wigged out because that kind of commitment is the grafting together of two people into one, changing who they were before.

Yet, though my husband completes me, it is not as powerful a grafting, as being grafted into our Lord and living in Him.

According  Leonard Hertz in his article, Grafting and Budding Fruit Trees,  “Fruit trees cannot be reproduced “true” to the original cultivar from seed. They can only be reproduced by grafting.”

There is a difference in the fruit we produce when grafted into a relationship with the Father. We can only bear the true fruit from the Father by being grafted into Him. Being good alone, then, just won’t work. The fruit is not quite the same. Only when we are grafted in to that intimate relationship can we truly bear the fruit of God.

Hertz also said, “Grafting is useful, however, for more than reproduction of an original cultivar. It is also used to repair injured fruit trees or for top-working an established tree to one or more different cultivars.” Through this grafting “in Him” a spirit crippled and abused can be repaired, healed, made whole.

God wants me to have that kind of “Living-in-Him” type of relationship, to be grafted into Him – and that is the only way to produce God’s true cultivar, fruit selected for desirable characteristics that can be maintained by being grafted into Him:  love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

What is love without God? What is joy without God? What is peace, forebearance, kindness, without God? Goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – without God?

They are different fruit cultivar without God.

Maybe, if I can find that kind of message in a blueberry patch, just maybe, I can introduce that kind of relationship to my sons, and just maybe one day, maybe they will have a blueberry patch moment, other than a whining, complaining, are-we-done-yet moment. Just like the tree-farmer passes to his child the craft of grafting, fruit trees and harvesting, so, too, do I want to pass to my sons the knowledge of being grafted into an awesome God.

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I went looking for my socks and found the brush I couldn’t find yesterday

Later I went looking for a pen and found Tuesday’s misplaced Tide Stick.

A few days ago, while ferreting out a bill to pay,  – and I found a picture I spent hours looking for before our move instead.

The search for a paring knife gave me 2 soccer referring whistles I haven’t been able to find for a year.

Today, I found my mini Cadbury Eggs – out of sheer ornery perseverance – after a week of looking indirectly.

When I cannot find my car keys, I pray, “Dear God, open my eyes to where my keys are. You know where they are” – and then I find them, or one of the boys sighs in exasperation, “Here they are.”

When I cannot find my eye-glasses, they snicker, ‘Have you looked on your head” – sadly, more often than not, that is where they are. Another eye-glass search resulting in humility found.

When my boys misplace their values, I find God in a heart beat.

And when I go looking for God, I find peace, joy, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control – and love.

But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely” (Galatians 5:22-23, The Message)

That I often find myself looking for things has nothing to do with The Big Move and the emptying of boxes and resorting of living. I have often said that He Who was Thrown Out of  Heaven torments me this way. He thinks I am a lady bug to his spidery tricks – Helpless I might be by myself – but I got people – I got God – who squashes him to save me in my weak moments, like when I cannot find anything but Him.

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