September 12, 2015
Jesus said, “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit.” Lk_6:43-49
This past spring I received my 10-free trees from the Arbor Day Society and proceeded to plant them in various spots around our yard. Having a nice wet spring and summer they all kept alive, at least for most of the summer. The red maple grew like weed. The dogwoods started slowly but stayed healthy. And a few of those little saplings that seemed to die off came back as 2-3 inch micro-plants and just stayed there. Then as the summer came near to a close and the rain sputtered out, some of those little trees just dried out and died. Some of the hawthorns started sprouting and the rabbits, deer and bugs began to discover the nice plump leaves of the better growing trees, like my dogwoods and the maple. So it became a fight against the whims of mother nature.
Isn’t it just like our own lives. Just when we seem to start to doing better, here comes the thrashing of fate, disaster and temptation. So we put on the armor of God and fight. And we find that only in Christ will we ever succeed. Maybe our “good” trees won’t bear bad fruit, but boy is it tough just to keep them breathing sometimes! Keep on breathing, beloved! The best is yet to come. And boy-oh-boy will that fruit be good! Blessings!
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