tree by rivers of water

Blessed is the mantree by rivers of water
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
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 its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

I have been meditating upon these verses of Psalm 1 over the last few days. There is one phrase that is stuck in my mind, which I take as the Holy Spirit wanting me to focus upon. It’s the phrase, “That brings forth fruit in its season.”

I have a tendency, probably like many people, to want to see productivity and success flourish at all times. I feel I must always be on top of my game, seeing results and “fruit”. Yes, God promises us that we will be blessed and will prosper…but we forget this phrase “in its season.”

Fruit comes seasonally. We know that fall is best for pumpkins and apples. Winter brings forth some of the sweetest grapefruit ever tasted (esp. if they’re from S. Texas). Summer produces succulent berries, while spring brings us mango and pineapple. Our grocery stores find ways to keep many of these fruits all year long, but they are poorer in taste and not at their sweetest. But bite into a sweet, ripe strawberry in spring and, MMM, you’ve got fruit perfection. God created the fruit to naturally grow its best during one season of the year.

So, why do we expect to see our “fruits” all the time? When we don’t, we become frustrated, depressed, isolated, and throw our own big pity-party. We give up too easily and question God’s will in our lives, or if we are fulfilling His purpose.

We must remember that we have to have seasons of growth if we want to see the best fruit.

Allow the living water of God’s word to refresh your spirit, to revitalize your passion for Him, and soothe your wounds. In time, we will again taste the sweetness and goodness of God.

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