Friday, August 26, 2011

I Should Be Barren, But I'm Bearing!

I have always been intrigued by the developing process of a tree. One thing in particular that always captivates me is the way in which a tree reacts to the change of seasons. Depending on the weather, a tree can be in full blossom or it can be barren with no leaves or fruit in sight. In the spring time, trees blossom and produce good fruit, but as the season changes and winter approaches, some trees begin to take on a less appealing look.

As the change in seasons have often displayed, some trees should be and are expected to be barren during certain seasons of the year (particularly in areas where the weather drops to frigid temperatures). The last thing that anyone might expect from a tree that is in the middle of a season where it should be barren is for it to bear fruit.

However, the amazing thing for Christians is that you can be in the middle of a season where you are expected to be barren, but you are bearing instead. During this season of economic despair and crashing job markets, it is expected for some individuals to be barren because of the season we are living in. People are not expecting others or even Christians, to prosper in such frigid conditions.

But I am reminded of the Words of God spoken through Jeremiah:
“But blessed is the man (woman) who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He (She) will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (17:7-8)

Even when you should be barren, because you serve God, you will be bearing in the season when it is least expected. Continue to bear good fruit...fruit that will last!

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