AH! Spring is here, and for us mid-atlanticers this means the start of our local fruit season (there is way more fruit in the summer, and we at least get tomatoes during this time). I love being able to eat local fruits and veggies that are picked when their ripe, that aren’t flown in from thousands of miles away. How much nutrients does a fruit have when it is picked off the vine prematurely? I have no idea, but it’s worth asking. I have one friend who enjoyed reminding me that avocados eaten in California (where they grow) taste way better and are a lot less stringy (I didn’t even know avocados were stringy) than those consumed in DC (we can’t grow avocados). This had me thinking, what does the fruit of our lives say about us?
Most people have heard the expression you reap what you sow, and I can attest that this is so true (for the most part). If you sow in the time and energy to cultivate an authentic and balanced friendship, you usually reap the benefits of a trustworthy lifetime friend. Another example would be if I sow in the time to study for a big test, I should reap the benefits of a good grade on that test. I will warn you, like the stringy avocados eaten in DC by a Californian, not all fruit are good. If you sow negativity and hate, you’ll reap negativity and hate. The “reap and sow” can be used in so much, and I’ll give you a personal example.
Last week I posted a blog about obedience and walking out your calling. This is still striking true today. I am currently walking through a season of trust and obedience with The Lord, and walking out what He’s calling me to do (big and small). This includes humbling myself and apologizing to people whom The Lord convicts me that I have done wrong to, forgiving people 100% for things I felt they have been done wrong to me, and spending time with/reaching out to people He’s laid on my heart, etc. This all may sound easy written down, but it’s not. Admitting you’re wrong and facing that person? Not always the easiest. And forgiving someone who truly hurt you? Some events and feelings we don’t want to relive. But I will say, I feel light, free, joyful, and chock-full of LOVE!!!!! Not only is this improving how I feel, but I have closer and genuine relationships with those around me. All in all, it feels good.
Now I won’t say that I’m walking in 100% obedience, I’m still a very stubborn girl at heart, but it’s something I’m working through (example: The Lord wanting me to chat it up with a complete stranger on the street, sometimes I’d rather keep it moving). As I’m seeing the fruit of all this obedience to His nudging, I’m trying to listen for His promptings more and truly practicing what I preach.
Is there an aspect of your life where you are seeing/reaping the fruit of what you’ve been sowing? Have you been sowing into something for a while and not seen the fruit yet? Let me know in the comments below.