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Perspectives: Pumpkins on the vine

By BARBARA LAMAN

Pumpkins are my favorite fall-time icon.

The bright orange ball generates excitement for the soul during this time of year. We’ve already roasted our share of pumpkin seeds. I have fond memories of carving them as a child and watching my own family compete for the best carved pumpkin.

Before these fall festive balls of joy reach the grocery store, pumpkins spend a lot of time on the vine. Who tells us that he’s the true vine? Jesus. He declares that he’s the true vine in John Chapter 15.

I love how throughout the Word of God, he uses nature and their characteristics to describe his love and affection for mankind. Psalm 62:2 says he alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken. A rock illustrates the security of our salvation in him.

Jesus describes the beauty of his mysterious ways by saying, “The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can't tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can't explain how people are born of the Spirit." (John 3:8)

Let’s look at rain, “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! Rivers of living water will flow from his heart” (John 7:38).

As Southeast Alaskans, we can thoroughly understand what God is saying about being our Rock, the Wind, and Living Water. The vine on the other hand may not be as prevalent to our local ecosystem. But, one can logically see that a pumpkin needs to be attached to the vine in order to grow and receive everything it needs to become a full grown pumpkin for many to enjoy. In the same way, we need to be connected to Jesus in order to grow and produce fruit of the Spirit for many to enjoy.

Stay connected to Jesus the true vine, and thankfully the Word of God tells us exactly how. Have a blessed fall season my friends!

Barbara Laman is a children’s ministries & Celebrate Recovery leader who formerly attended Lighthouse Church of God and currently attends Glacier Valley Church of God.

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Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.