The common practice in Australian vineyards is to water the grapevines with irrigation. The plants are provided with water whenever they are threatened by warm weather. As a result, the roots only go about 5 or 10 metres into the ground.

Whereas in France, the common practice is to provide no irrigation for the grapevines. In the face of hot weather, the plants have to push their roots deeper to find moisture. As a result, the grapevine roots can grow down to nearly 140 metres.

When we face the hardships and sufferings of life we have to make a choice. Do we look for an easy option that will console us and feed the present need, or do we allow the discomfort to take us deeper into the mystery of God’s Love for us. It is by choosing to thirst for the true water of life that our roots sink deep into the well of grace.

“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” Colossians 2:6-7