Jim Van Yperen, President of Metanoia Ministries, moved to New Hampshire in 1989. He had always wanted to make his own maple syrup. So he borrowed some sugaring cans and tree-taps, studied up on the best time to run sap, and when the weather was ripe, he tapped his trees.
Every day he checked his pots, but no sap. Finally, he asked his neighbor to take a look. They walked through ankle-deep snow to Jim’s maples. The neighbor looked at the pots, looked at the trees, then looked at Jim. “These here are ash,” he said and walked away.
If you want maple syrup, you have to tap maple trees. If you want spiritual life, you have to be connected to the "true vine," Jesus Christ. (John 15:1)
We must be diligent to spend time with God daily.
We connect with God and His life through faith. We live by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Reference: Jim Van Yperen, "Follow the Fruit," Church Smart newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 2