October 4, 2011
“Let that vine cling to me for safety, let it find a good and whole life with me, let it hold on for a good and whole life.” Isaiah 27:5 (The Message Bible)
The monsoon season (wind and rain) is officially over for Arizona. I live in the northwest valley of Phoenix, and most of the weather patterns come out of the southeast. By the time a storm gets to our neighborhood, the high wind and heavy rain becomes a breeze and a light shower or sprinkle. We miss out on the evening lightening shows, and fortunately, the clouds of sand and dust, called haboobs, leave only a light layer of tan on our patio furniture.
The metaphor of the grape vine appears again in today’s scripture, as a sign of hope. God promises to water it, keep it from being damaged…remove thistles and thorn bushes. Perhaps that’s why heavy clumps of grapes can cling to a branch during a storm.
Dear Lord, please hold on to me tightly during the monsoon seasons of my life. Amen.