Seeing Zeke’s determination in overcoming an obstacle helped June find the courage to face her uncertain future. Instead of running from the changes the telegram brought, she chose to search the Scriptures more with Susanna for answers.
“For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
—John 3:20, 21 KJV
Like an apple tree, Susanna realized she needed a balance of growing and pruning to keep healthy relationships. The trail ahead didn’t seem so dark and rocky as she allowed God’s light to shine through the hopes of her heart.
“Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.
There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.”
—Psalm 4:4-6 KJV
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
“Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”