Years ago, I was out in the backyard working on a few things, and I took notice of my lonely orange tree. I had given up on that orange tree. It had taken a few beatings from the cooler weather in the past few years and looked like it was on its way out. Being anything but a citrus expert, I gave up on the tree and accepted defeat.
I had let it go so badly, what I call a weed had taken root and had entwined itself and almost overtaken my orange tree completely. But as I approached the orange tree, I saw among the weeds an orange.
There it was, a pretty round fruit hanging from the branch. I pulled the weeds to the side, and there were a few more oranges. I couldn’t believe it. My tree had survived the bitter winter and somehow managed to produce fruit.
What’s the lesson?
Sometimes we go through trials in our lives that attempt to take the life out of us. Trials try to prevent us from producing fruit. When it seems like all hope is lost and you’re ready to give in to the choking weeds around you, break forth. Reach toward our Savior, Jesus Christ. Accept His strength, take hold of His hand, and don’t let go.
You have a purpose here on earth, and it’s not to be choked out by any weeds. Your purpose is to be fruitful, and you are to produce fruit – fruit that will last.
Father, today I come to you and thank you for showing me that no matter what I go through in this life, I should never give up, hope in you. We should put our trust and faith in you no matter the season. We may get choked out by the weeds that try and overtake us, but help us to reach out and grab your hand. You will save us from the weeds. Thanks, Father. I love you. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
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