John 15:5,8: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

We call God respectfully our Creator. Yes, He is the Creator of the universe, but that is just one side of God. If we limit Him to this one, albeit powerful, aspect of His deity then we focus on His productiveness alone. He is more than Creator of the universe. He is our Heavenly Father.

When God created us He was happy. He danced over us and blessed us.

God loves His creation. Thankfully, that is His most defining feature. If this wasn’t the case then He would just be a production machine dropping off His creation without further involvement. – Well, nothing could be further from the truth. God is not a heartless genius. God has a beautiful mind and a beautiful heart. We need to realize that, otherwise, why would we want to meet Him?

I believe this is why Jesus always refers to the Father in His prayers. Jesus loves the Father and the Father loves Him. Jesus came to invite us to be a part of this beautiful relationship and uses a trailing vine as an example to describe how close we can be to God.

Climbing vines adhere themselves using tiny aerial rootlets. Some types of climbing vines present small, disk-like adhesive tips that attach to any type of surface. I believe this is a great metaphor illustrating attachment. With this imagery in mind, can we imagine how attached God is to us? In a love relationship, ideally this goes both ways. God is attached to us, and we are attached to Him – however, look around you! Obviously, mankind is not very attached to its Creator.

When the Trinity split and sent Jesus down to Earth, God reached out for us in a dramatic way. To use Jesus’s imagery: we saw God’s trailing vine in action. Grabbing the hand of Jesus, our trailing vine is reaching out in turn. Now love goes both ways.

Taking the hand of Jesus is no one-day-affair. It’s a life style. Jesus picked a grape vine to further illustrate that being with our Creator produces much fruit. I can almost hear Him saying: “Don’t go off on your own, buddy!” Reaching out and grabbing the hand of Jesus simply makes the best version of ourselves – reflecting well on God’s excellent parenthood. He is a very good Father, and His children are His pride and joy.

Put your hand in the hand of the man
Who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand of the man
Who calmed the sea – Anne Murray

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