After the harvest, Susanna and other workers pruned the apple trees in the Belmont Brothers’ orchard. Pruning helped the trees stay healthy and produce more fruit by allowing light to filter through the leaves.
“For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled”
—Colossians 1:19-21 KJV
Picking wild blueberries relaxed Susanna. She had created her famous blue apple pie with her Ma on the trail. The juicy berries reminded her of God’s providence and healing. Waiting for the apple harvest taught her to wait on the Lord in all things.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
—John 15:4, 5 KJV