I am developing Instagram envy. I blame Amanda for this. Lately, her feed pops up picture after picture of planted pots full of sprouting vegetables in her backyard. “I can’t believe how much my tomatoes have grown,” she comments. I growl hungry with desire as I stare into my iPhone — I want her yummy, juicy organic tomatoes in my yard! Maybe I could go steal a couple, and she won’t notice? Hm…
Do you ever look with longing over at some else’s juicy, fruitful life? “Lord, I wish I had her job… I want a ministry profile like hers… if only, Lord…” Yeah, I must admit I get a little too green with envy in the soil of my heart sometimes.
This past year, “my pot” sat around empty and barren. Sickness, problems, unmet expectations — all these pesky weeds tried to take root in my heart and destroy my fruitfulness. To the naked eye, nothing sprouted in the dirt.
During this desert season, I determined one thing — I must keep watering. So, every day, I got up and poured the living water on the dark soil.
Just recently, I have noticed a few sprouts — little shoots of spirit and life that God is cultivating in my heart. Fruit. Juicy fruit is on its way. I am so thankful.
God filled me with hope tonight when I read this description of fruitfulness:
“But what happens when we live God’s way?
He brings gifts into our lives,
much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—
things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity.
We develop a willingness to stick with things,
a sense of compassion in the heart,
and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people.
We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments,
not needing to force our way in life,
able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”
Galatians 5:22-23, MSG
All along, God has been fertilizing my heart. Keep watering the soil, my friends. Soon, you will see a sprout. God will produce life-giving fruit out of that dirt if we just keep watering.
Q4U: How do you keep the soil of your heart fertile for Him?
My one-word focus for the year is “fruitilicious.” Find out what that means here.
Joining like-minded sisters today at Tell His Story, Playdates with God, Hear it on Sunday: Use it on Monday, and Soli Deo Gloria.