Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fruit of the Vine

The Republic of South Africa is a very agriculturally rich country.  In our visit, we saw hectare after hectare of vineyards, orchards, sheep farms, cattle farms, and even one Ostrich farm.

We stopped and bought a big bag of oranges via the "honor system" on teh side of the road.  We were supposed to leave 10 rand (kidding, we paid for the oranges, really we did) which is about $1.10.

We stopped at a neat little store and bought some dried fruit and Brenda found some antique forks.  Was a neat store that was playing "Amazing Grace" whilst we shopped.

We saw pecan orchards on this trip, the first we have heard of since our arrival in Africa.  Most of our food in Botswana, beyond beef, comes from South Africa, so seeing the production shouldn't have been surprising.  Nevertheless it was still quite pleasant.

Fruitfulness is an attractive trait in land, and in people.  ""Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father,' for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham."  says Luke 3:8.

Sadly today, I think we have so sold over-sold "free grace" that we have forgotten the virtue of fruitfulness.  Maybe we ought to just do what the verse says, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we ought to bear fruits.

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