As I looked at this cluster and saw that there are berries at every stage of development from very not ripe to ready for the picking... I couldn't help but visualize the same thing is true of the fruit in our lives. We are constantly growing and maturing and not all that God wants to do in us and through us ripens at the same time... but if we are faithful to water, weed & feed, and wait on Him, the fruit of God's will and works in our lives will ripen in His time for His purposes.
And I thought... when I reach up there to pick a berry, the ripe ones just easily fall off the vine whereas if I tug on one and it resists, then it's telling me it's not ready to be picked... it's not as sweet as God designed it to be. We can so easily grow impatient, beating ourselves up if we're weak in a certain area or maybe we're wanting to do a particular ministry or use a particular talent or ability and it's not just happening. Sometimes we want to produce the fruit before it's time... sometimes even trying to force it. but if we do... it may never be as sweet or effectual as if we waited on the Lord to mature us on the vine and then use us at the perfect moment to bring a taste of His goodness to the world around us.