THIS16” x 20” Acrylic is my version of a painting I recently completed while following Ryan O’Rourke in a YouTube tutorial.

I chose it for its emphasis on the vibrance of Summer, soon to be upon us in the northern hemisphere!  I sense there are many ways our Thought—Inosculate—takes place around us in nature.   


“Word Genius”

I DON’T RECALL when or how it began.  One morning I opened my computer to read daily emails and there it was: “Word Genius” complete with a word I didn’t recognize, along with the definition and more.  That’s not all.  Every day since, I’ve receive a new word. One I often don’t recognize.  I enjoy reading the definitions and etymologies. Inosculate [in-AHS-kə-layt] arrived recently. It reminded me of a gripping analogy from the words of Jesus and the Apostle Paul.  First, let’s define our word.

Inosculate Defined

IN SIMPLE TERMS, Inosculate may be defined as: ‘Join or Unite’; To join by intertwining or fitting closely together. Most popular between1800 – 1825 the word inosculate is first recorded in the early 1400s.  It comes from the Latin verb inoculare, meaning “to graft by budding, implant”. It developed from a combination of the words “into” and the Latin word “osculare,” which means “to provide with a mouth or outlet”.  The term is used in the medical field and others but it’s primarily associated with plants and trees.

Arborists & Inosculation

“INOSCULATION IS a natural phenomenon in which trunks, branches or roots of two trees grow together. It is biologically similar to grafting and such trees are referred to in forestry as ‘gemels’, from the Latin word meaning ‘pair’.

It is most common for branches of two trees of the same species to grow together, though inosculation may be noted across related species. The branches first grow separately in proximity to each other until they touch. At this point, the bark on the touching surfaces is gradually abraded away as the trees move in the wind. Once the of two trees touch, they sometimes self-graft and grow together as they expand in diameter. Inosculation customarily results when tree limbs are braided…’ Wikipedia

Jesus & Inosculation

JOHN’S GOSPEL reminds us in 13:13 that Jesus is a teacher: You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Jesus is not just a teacher.  He is the master teacher of all time!  He constantly applied a teaching term I first learned in college: Apperceptionthe mental process by which a person makes sense of an idea by assimilating it to the body of ideas he or she already possesses.  In other words, when Jesus wanted to teach a new truth, he began with something familiar to his audience and proceeded to connect it to the new truth as a parallel word picture. Vines were a natural.

In John fifteen Jesus said:  I am the true vine, …Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine (inosculation). Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me…This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Apostle Paul & Inosculation

THE APOSTLE PAUL was well educated and equipped to teach.  His greatest example was Jesus. Paul stated in 1 Timothy 2:7:  I was appointed a herald and an apostle…and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.  As a teacher of the Gentiles (and Jews) he picked up on Jesus teaching by incorporating apperception with the inosculation example found in agriculture.

After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!  Romans 11:24

Means to The Purpose

THE POINT BEING made by Jesus and Paul, by using these word pictures, is for God’s love to reach the world.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.Now remain in my love (inosculation)If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love… This is my command: Love each other. John 15:8, 17

Who Knew?

WHO KNEW that a “Word Genius” email would end up ‘working together’ with Jesus and Paul’s teaching for today?

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Enjoy your gardening!

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