Did you know that the first year a grape vine is planted, the vineyard grower does not water it?
Instead, the roots are forced to grope deep into the earth in search of a water source. The plant struggles to survive at first, but through those struggles, through the hardship, it grows strong and hardy. A grapevine can live 50-100 years if well established.
The branches stretch out, spreading, growing, and receiving nourishment from the vine rooted deep in the earth. "I am the vine, you are the branches, if you remain in me." John 15:5.
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