"... He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing." John 15:5Phases...
While it is growing beneath the soil, we cannot "see" anything. We must have faith.
The first peek of the curling leaves come forth...we can see, but cannot partake. We must have faith.
With stems growing stronger, leaves becoming larger...still there is no fruit. We must have faith.
A beautiful bloom blossoms into being...closer to fruit but we still can't "see" it. We must have faith.
The beginning of the actual fruit is now visible...but not mature...still waiting. We must have faith.
Once mature, it must be harvested before we can enjoy it. We must have faith.
A plant is maturing and growing from the time the seed is dropped into the ground and begins to die. While it is becoming "fruitful", it goes through different phases and it doesn't come to fruition overnight. No INSTANT here! It's a process silently conducted by the Creator.
The Lord speaks of His children being "fruitful" in multiple places in His Word. It even talks about bearing much fruit. I believe, just as with a plant - each stage of that process looks different on us too. We don't ARRIVE overnight.
It takes patience, we must wait while we're growing, while He is bringing it to pass...no matter what it looks like. We must have FAITH.
If we become discouraged and decide not to feed and water our plants; on those hot, hopeless days, they will wilt and eventually die. There will be no fruit. End of story.
That's one thing we never have to worry about God doing - giving up on us. He doesn't become disappointed with our progress. We are safe in His hands. As He silently conducts the growth in our lives, we change each and every day, no matter what it looks like on the outside. Have faith, it's a phase. It might not look like what we expected; but glorious things are happening regardless. We should worship while we wait...even on the difficult days...it's like fertilizer, my friend, and it always gets God's attention.
Phases...when God is the Conductor...there WILL BE FRUIT. Have faith. Worship.
No matter where we are on the road, happy fruit-growing phase to me & YOU~
Worship while you're waiting!