Some vines can have very long lifespans of one hundred years or more! Pictured here is the oldest known vine on record dating back more than four hundred years. It is still producing fruit in Maribor, Slovenia. It only produces 35-55 kilos of grapes per season, but that makes its wine so much more rare and valuable! In fact, wine producers will clearly label their wine “Vieilles Vignes” (Old Vines) as it is generally considered that they produce the better wine.
Our verse for today is about continuing to produce fruit in old age. The limitations that come with advanced years do not have to keep one from contributing to God’s Kingdom. There is still a story to be told to others of all of God’s miracles seen in a lifetime! With age, the story becomes longer and richer. With age the story becomes more credible. A weakening body has more occasion to lean on and experience God’s power.
Declaring His power and His greatness is a privilege belonging especially to those of a certain age. In testifying to His faithfulness throughout a long life, others are encouraged to persevere in the faith. Fruit continues to be produced when an elderly person speaks out for the Lord. And that fruit is rare, sweet and better tasting because of the age of the source! God does not forsake. Jesus is our vine and we as His branches bear fruit as long as we are connected to Him. There is no age limit.
Lord, keep me producing the fruit of praise for all You have done for me!