a cue

Posted: November 20th, 2010 | Filed under: God | Tags: | 7 Comments »

One of my favorite verses has God caring for a vineyard and never leaving it. He’s capable of destroying anyone who messes with it, even itching to have someone oppose the vineyard so He can burn them up. No sooner does the thought play itself out that He wishes for them, the opposition, to make peace so He can care for them, too.

His love outweighs His desire to destroy.

Take a cue. You may have the ability to crush someone, but that’s not strength. Strength pushes past the details to find a way to see the diversity of the big picture.

You know you’re in the presence of God when you feel small in your ‘rightness’ and embarrassed to have been so bold in your finger pointing. His correction is gentle and the nudge to make amends is undeniable. Freedom is found in submission, not in the public recognition of self-importance.

We are all His vineyard. How can you be cared for, when He has to fight you for fighting someone else? Stop looking at the person next to you, as though it’s your place to correct them. You’re a branch, love is your fruit, not people. If someone falls, they fall to their Master. You’re not their Master. You’re their brother or sister. Help them up.

“A pleasant vineyard, sing of it! I, the LORD, am its keeper; every moment I water it. Lest anyone punish it, I keep it night and day; I have no wrath. Would that I had thorns and briers to battle! I would march against them, I would burn them up together. Or let them lay hold of my protection, let them make peace with me, let them make peace with me.” -Isaiah 27:2-5 ESV



7 Comments on “a cue”

  1. 1 Kaira said at 10:02 am on November 20th, 2010:

    I have been both deeply convicted and healed through your book and these posts you write. I so appreciate your ministry.

    Today, after reading this post, I wrote a letter to start healing the shattered relationship between myself and my Dad and his wife. It's been a very difficult few years but I've withheld forgiveness because I wanted them to care enough to "see". I'm going to, by the grace of God, fix this broken mess and your words have been His whisper.

    And I thank you.

  2. 2 Serena Woods said at 10:37 am on November 20th, 2010:

    Kaira, That's so cool to hear! I think that, no matter what happens, you feel the release of some weight. You'll know that it's not you anymore…

    Thanks for telling me. 🙂


  3. 3 Genevieve Thul @ Tur said at 12:04 pm on November 20th, 2010:

    I struggle with this in my current situation. I was accused of a sin that I don't feel convicted of, and basically the difference between how my husband and I see the situation and how our pastors saw it led to a huge rift between us. We were dealt with sans grace – removed from leadership, yelled at, publicly humiliated, spoken about negatively to our closest friends. How do WE show grace in this situation? Our choice, finally, was to walk away silently without addressing the many huge issues we saw expressed in the church leadership during our final months at our church. It is so confusing. I pray for healing and grace, that through prayer GRACE is what flows out of me instead of pain and disappointment and anger.

  4. 4 Serena Woods said at 7:42 pm on November 22nd, 2010:


    The best advice I can give, especially in such a heartbreaking situation as yours, is to think of the times (unrelated) you know you were wrong. Recall the times when you so desperately needed undeserved/unearned grace. That may help you in your desire to offer it to others. I know, in my own life, that I could use the failures of others as a balm to my wounded soul, but that would be at their expense. It's a balm completely independent of the salve that Jesus earned on a splintering cross. If we try to settle accounts outside of that truth, we will always alienate ourselves from the very thing that holds us together.

    What looks as though is turned against you will be the very thing that teaches you about salvation. Don't focus on sin to try to gain knowledge. Grace bread wisdom is the only thing worth knowing.

    Release them. Just as you were released. Not because they're right, but because Jesus is real.



  5. 5 @gmthul said at 9:36 am on March 29th, 2012:

    Serena, I just read this comment now – 6 months later. Thank you for your powerful, truth-filled words. I especially love that last line "Release them. Just as you were released. Not because they're right, but because Jesus is real". If we just followed this with every interaction – saw through a because-Jesus-is-real lens at all time – what might the world be like? Even if a few of us strive to do this daily, hourly?

    Thank you so much.
    My recent post Loud yellow

  6. 6 Genevieve Thul @ Tur said at 1:07 pm on November 20th, 2010:

    I was accused of a sin I didn't feel convicted of. Our pastors felt very differently about the situation than my husband and I. There was little grace in how we were treated: spoken about behind our backs, friendships broken, removed from leadership positions, and yelled at and told we would never again do anything for Christ, that Satan had a hold over our lives. It was painful. I struggle now how to flow grace from my lips instead of fear, pain, and anger. This post has my mental wheels definitely spinning.

  7. 7 Heather said at 7:07 pm on November 21st, 2010:

    I have read this now a few times. I think I need to read it again. I have been off base, in my heart. A wrong perspective and outlook. I am humbled and grateful again.

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