I got carried away as I began mentally planning which flowers to plant in my yard. I wrote on a friend's facebook wall that I would grow sweet peas this spring—just like the ones her mom always had in her yard when I was growing up. I have the best memories of those sweet smelling flowers each year.
Too late. She reminded me that they had to be put in the grown last fall. "Put them in your September to-do list," she said.
Ohhh! So like life. So like the fruit of the spirit in my life. How many times have I needed some love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness or self-control—and I found I had not planned ahead. I hadn't put fruit planting on my to-do list at the right season.
Seasons in my life when I need extra fruit don't always arrive on a pre-announced schedule. I don't know when hard times, storms or just weak moments will come.
I need to invest in God's spiritual gardening plan before I have a need. I need to add time in His Word on my to-do list. I need to commit to a relationship building prayer life on a daily basis. I need to sit in His presence and learn to hear what He says to me daily.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
Father, help us commit daily to do what it takes to grow your spiritual fruit in our lives. Give us hearts to love time in your Word and in your presence. Give us ears to hear your voice and eyes to see your actions in our lives. AMEN.
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