Bare Trees Bear Fruit
The most important moments for me every day are those that provide a lesson, the ones that if I had not been in tune would go unnoticed. In the past, I always felt the need to experience things for myself in order to be wise on a subject or be able to relate. I’ve learned that isn’t always the case. God leaves clues and messages to us every day, we simply have to pay attention and constantly be in relationship with Him.
I remember taking a trip to Atlanta from Savannah with my husband. On our drive there, I noticed a patch of trees off the highway that were extremely and deadly bare. The odd thing wasn’t that they were bare as it was close to Fall, the strange part was that it was only a handful of bare trees in the midst of an array of abundantly full trees.
I began to drift away with thoughts, questions, and inquisitiveness. I was able to see that the same spot on the opposite side, where the oncoming traffic was, also had bare trees. I was sure something had happened but I told myself to stop being silly and quit drifting off into random thoughts. It didn’t matter. After giving it some more thought, I finally concluded that maybe it was a tornado or a storm of some sorts. I thought of the trees being watered and nurtured. Would that help them bear leaves and receive life once again? It’s a great possibility! With a little help I was sure they could eventually flourish.
What I realized was those bare trees are just like some people. Lifeless. Maybe a tornado crossed their path, the type where everything is flipped upside down. What once used to be a person full of life becomes a person that is bitter, depressed, and hopeless. They tend to stick out amongst all the other trees full of life. But just as the trees can be watered and nurtured back to life so can lifeless people be showered with love and nurtured and then revived.
See, sometimes people have lost their way. The tornado took everything they had and has left them to figure it out on their own. But we canʼt always figure it out on our own. Not only do we need God, but we also need each other. And itʼs not our purpose that we walk around looking at each other in disgust due to the other being in an unpleasant season amongst the more thriving. We all need a little help sometimes after suffering the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical disasters of this world. It’s our purpose to show love. Only then will others receive what they need to come back to life. One seed at a time, one drop at a time, they will have what they need to begin to bear fruit again.
Next time you see a lifeless person among those living, extend yourself and water them with what you have to give. Even a simple hello, a drop, as it adds up from one smile to the next will nourish and hydrate that person’s life. Encourage them. Provide hope to them. Love on them.
And if you’re that lifeless person in need of nurturing, LET GO. Learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable and accept when others are willing to help. I’ve been there myself and it was one of the most humbling experiences of my life! It was the worst period of my life yet the best. An oxymoron, I know. I was able to see God manifested through others. With each gesture I was encouraged to lean on Him and allow the people He placed around me to provide to me what I needed. God is faithful!
Below are a several uplifting bible verses for the next time you see someone that is down and out or you happen to be that person yourself.
Enjoy and God bless!
Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it’s just too bad, because there is no one to help him. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 GNT)
This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. (John 15:12-13 GNT)
Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11 AMP)
If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? (1 John 3:17 NLT)
I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way we must help the weak, remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.’ (Acts 20:35 GNT)
Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” (Romans 15:1-2 MSG)
Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. (Galatians 6:2 MSG)
Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. (Philippians 2:4 MSG)
When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. (Romans 12:13 NLT)
Judas and Silas, good preachers both of them, strengthened their new friends with many words of courage and hope. (Acts 15:32 MSG)
If one of your brothers becomes indigent and cannot support himself, help him, the same as you would a foreigner or a guest so that he can continue to live in your neighborhood. (Leviticus 25:35 MSG)
If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. (Romans 12:8 NLT)
- Why God Is A Brilliant Creator (hisbelovedblog.com)
- A Season of Hope – Day 2 (godschick.net)
- Bearing Fruit: Red Letter Year 12/6 (mikeraburn.com)
- Nothing But Leaves (alreadyanswered.org)
- #UprootedTree (arigarrido.wordpress.com)