Fall time is approaching slowly, but steadily. It has been a hot summer here in Colorado! We had fires in the mountains all summer, and some of them are still burning! Fortunately, the cool winds of change are coming down from the Rockies at night signaling the first peek at fall. Rain and snow will be coming soon. It’s harvest time!
We have lived in our current home for 12 years. I planted a small peach tree when we first moved in, and now it is full grown. It is a beautiful tree and Colorado is well known for growing great peaches. The Western Slope has some of the best peaches in the world!
Our peach tree had not fruited peaches for several years. One big problem we have with the weather here is our crazy springtime! In April and May, we can get nasty snow storms and freezing temperatures just as all the plants are trying to wake up from winter and bloom. Many times, it will be warm and sunny and the peach tree will have buds and it will be doing great, then we get a heavy slushy snow with plunging temps, and boom, no peaches. The tree goes into shock and won’t produce fruit that year.
This summer was different! We received a bunch of nice humid moisture from the storms in the Gulf of Mexico that brought much needed rain and humidity to our dry high desert plain climate. For about a week we could smell the moisture in the air and feel it on our skin, and that is not something we usually get.
All the plants loved it, especially the peach tree, and it responded by producing fruit! We were all so excited that a bad storm didn’t shock the tree again! It was beautiful!
There is something very gratifying about working your land and producing something valuable for your family. Caring for your plants, tending to them, watering them, defending them, and protecting them as they grow is a labor of love. Sometimes I have to prune branches that didn’t make it and are holding the tree back. Other times I have to prune it to give it shape and make it stronger. However, the tree remains. Even when it stopped producing fruit for years, I still kept it and our family enjoyed its presence, shade, and natural beauty. I still cared for it and prayed it would produce fruit.
God loves us like that. Sometimes He has to prune us, discipline us, and make us better. Sometimes that hurts, but God knows it is for our good, and He does it out of perfect love. Once you are His by believing in Jesus, He will never leave you nor forsake you. God knows what we need. We do not have to beg. He knows our hearts. We cannot pretend. He loves us perfectly, and that perfect love drives out fear.
1 John 4:18
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.”
Are you a Christian who is feeling disheartened or in shock? If so, welcome to the club! We have all felt that way at times! Walking with Jesus and pursuing holiness in a world full of sin is not easy, and that is an understatement! I want to encourage you…God has not given up on you!
You might be in a season of pruning or discipline from the Lord, or maybe something happened to you that has you in a state of shock, but take heart, He is with you, He is working on you, and He loves you! You will produce fruit again just like my peach tree! Keep walking with the Lord. Listen to His soft whisper. Make your heart known to Him in prayer. He knows exactly what you need, and He cares for you.
Don’t give up, keep going, and give the fight to God! It is hard being a Christian in this world. Remember, it was harder for Jesus first. He knows our struggle and He is with us! I encourage you to lean into Jesus. He will show you the way to go every time!
God bless you all!
In John 15:3-5, Jesus tells his disciples:
“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.