Food for Thought….Planted Like a Tree



I planted one of those decorative trees one spring, and the first season it had beautiful pink flowers.  I was so excited because it was exactly what I wanted.  The second season it had leaves, but there weren’t any of those beautiful flowers.  I didn’t know what happened.  The first season was so prosperous that I thought it was going to be that way every season.  Well, I let it go, and by the third season there weren’t even any leaves.  The stems were dry and brittle.  My tree died.


What did I do wrong?  Well, first, I didn’t water it like it needed.  Second, I didn’t feed it plant food to make sure it was established and growing properly.  Third, I never took the time to maintain it, and check for rotting or damage.


Ladies, our christian lives can be the same.  We can be fruitful and on fire for the Lord for a few seasons, then slowly get out of the Word and prayer, and not repent of the rottenness that seeps into our hearts, and soon we’ll find that we are dead spiritually.  …Or that we were never truly planted (or saved) in the first place.


Psalm 1:1-3 says, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”


Friends, I encourage you today to give yourself a heart check to see where you are with the Lord right now.  If we are not feeding ourselves the Word, watering ourselves with prayer, pruning out our sins, and being filled with the Spirit, then we are on our way to destruction and even death of our spiritual live.  Don’t be like my tree, repent today, get your reading and prayer life back on track, and  you’ll start to grow and flourish.  You’ll be like Psalm 1:3 says, “A tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers!”







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