Planted to Thrive

Ps. 1:2-4 NKJV

The Green Orange.jpg But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law, he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth it’s fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.  The ungodly are not so But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

The summer of our family reunion was very refreshing and enlightening.  Little ones, who once ran frantically and uninhibited on last year throughout the backyard, now set with their electronics and sighed.  But the elders joyfully laughed, ate and reminisced about ole times, knowing that they needed to redeem the remaining time.

My additional plate of barbeque, pound cake and orange soda, gave me a guilty nudge to take a stroll.  The tripled sized backyard was the perfect space to take advantage of a walk, and have times of reflections. That private moment not only allowed for the digestion of the fantastic food but to digest what really happens at MOST family reunions!

As I approached the north side of the house, there was a long row of small trees,  it was not until I walked closer, that I realized they were fruit trees.  Earlier in the day, I had seen what I thought was a large lime, dropped from the grocery bag;  but the fruit was a Green Orange, that soon became an important part of the children’s baseball game!

I squeezed it and there wasn’t a budge. It was tossed against the side of the house and gate, and the skin never broke.  Yet it was still an Orange!  The skin was assigned to do what was necessary to protect the inside.    From my vantage point, all things to help this tree produce a great harvest were in place.  It takes about 2-3 years for a tree to produce oranges, and the tree itself can live up to 50 years and in some rare cases, up to 100 years.

As in any season, the time for fruit to be harvested from its main source of nutrition is in the plan of nature.  What about man’s time to show forth his fruit? Are our roots deep enough to withstand adversity?  When God washes us with the water of His word, do we receive and grow therein?  Are we easily swayed by every wind and false doctrine, that only brightens our hearing for a short season?  We cannot forever be the little sapling, that can’t take the sun, wind, and rain of life, for if this is our view; we will never live out the mandate that God has ordained for us, to be the Taste and See to others, that GOD meant us to be!

Edith K. Conerly, Author-My Belief Is The Icing On The Cake