Sunday, May 23, 2010
A little over a week ago, I began looking at the grape vines which were beginning to sprout. We had discovered in the past that the grapes from this particular vine were the most delicious we had ever tasted. Since the vine had been partially cut down to accommodate our Succah last year, it no longer reached the top lattice where it was meant to flourish. It was important for me to ensure that it was able to grow. I was aware that as the vine develops, it sends out tentacles of sorts which grab onto a wire or twine, and grows along it. This became apparent in years past when the grape vine decided to adopt my clothes line as its own!
Taking this thought one step further, we should realize that G-d, the Master of all Creation, the Ultimate Parent, is All-Knowing and we are all His children. Unlike me, the inept Vine Keeper, HaShem knows exactly how to nurture us and steer our lives on the right course. He never adheres us directly to Himself as a result of our free will but He is always there pointing us in the right direction with His invisible rope. We are far above plants and our decision to hold on to His guiding life force is our option. But if we use the grape vine as an example, we can see that we really have no choice at all since without taking hold of the rod of life, we will surely falter.
So I learned my lesson about grape vines and gained some insights in the process. Undeniably, the knowledge of HaShem's world is an unending storehouse of miraculous surprises. I can't wait to discover more....