Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
Last fall we planted an apple orchard on our farm in memory of Mike’s mom after being gifted two trees at the time of her funeral. It seemed fitting since she was the woman who taught me how to make the most delicious applesauce that my children beg for every fall. We did the research to discover that apples trees need more than one tree to produce fruit and that it usually takes 3 – 4 years before you see any fruit on its branches. Yesterday while we were picking black raspberries near the orchard, we discovered 8 perfect little green apples on our Haralson apple tree. How could this young, newly planted tree produce such beautiful fruit?
Jesus is the branch who calls us all to produce fruit. Not alone, but in community with others. The love and support of fellow Christians is such an important piece of our faith walk as we share our gifts, talents and time with each other. Your fruits will mature and ripen in season when you are planted by the stream of living water.
You are never too young (or too old) to produce fruit that changes the lives of others. I pray that your branches are heavy today!