A spontaneous early afternoon parking lot conversation with a friend, has stirred my spirit.
Perhaps, it was the un scripted nature of our chance reconnection as we both waited for our dance daughters outside their studios that morning that sparked my soul nerve. The dialogue was quickly profound and apparently what my Soul needed in that moment.
Earlier that week, I was sitting in the hot tub outside observing the Magnolia tree in our backyard – a good distraction from the hustle and bustle of the day.
It was early May in the mid west, and this natural beauty was in bloom.
Between its green goddess leaves, I could see buds of white oblong shaped fruits bursting out in an attempt to become beautiful flowers.
It looked to be in a state of transformation.
These oblong shaped fruits looked quietly “ busy “ like they were struggling to birth something even more beautiful.
This is true of any change or transformation… it doesn’t always look “ comfortable “ nor is it “ easy” BUT it is absolutely worth it in the end!
The Magnolia flowers have started to arrive and they are so majestic that it is easy to forget the potentially painful process of it’s not so pretty transformation.
My parking lot friend was discussing the need to continually assess aspects of our lives to ensure that we are BEARING FRUITS which led my thoughts back to my backyard Magnolia tree.
The process of bearing fruit is not an easy one , however it is a NECESSARY event for life to go on.
Like the saying, “the only thing constant about life is change”, we should therefore strive to change and grow, with good fruit bearing abilities.
Many obstacles can attempt to impede our growth and fruit bearing ability. In the case of our Magnolia tree, there was a freeze that came late in the season, confusing it’s growth process and threatening to shrivel its fruits. Resiliently, this green gorgeous beauty persevered!
While we cannot always predict where our obstacles may come from, it is important that we persevere through ALL of them with grace of God.. Remember his grace is sufficient for us…
Yes, some obstacles may even leave us with a scar, yet we must push through to our fruit bearing season.
Christians believe in the need to bear fruits of the HOLY SPIRIT in our lives. Feel free to refer to my past blog post on this topic here
Bearing fruit is also examining the many aspects of our persons to ensure that our physical , emotional, spiritual and social beings are growing AND bearing fruits.
My parking lot conversation inspired me to assess where in my life am I bearing fruit or shriveling? It has me taking inventory , yet exercising kindness and grace to myself.
My dear reader, I am inviting you too to examine whether your spiritual life is fruit bearing? How about your physical health?Your interpersonal connections and relationships? Your business life, Your career ? Your family life?etc etc.
Whether you are in your spring season of growth and fruit bearing or in the winter season, where like the magnolia, you are safeguarding your nutrients and energy against the cold, I want to encourage you.
The obstacles may come but keep growing and assessing what areas of your life is indeed fruit bearing or not.
Just like the gorgeous Magnolia tree, our world is MORE beautiful with your flowers flourishing in it!
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