Thursday, March 11, 2010

How Fruit Is Made

As you may (or may not) know, I started a garden last year for the first time in my life.  I have always had an interest in planting seeds and watching them grow, so after years of talking about it, I finally did it.  As I learned, you have to constantly "tend to" gardens: watering, pulling weeds, fending off animals, fighting bugs, etc.  I have to tell you it was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had!  It was hard work, but still very rewarding!

Because I was out of work at the time, I got the opportunity to spend a lot of time working in the garden.  Every day at different times, I could be found with my head pressed against the window just starring at the plants as if I could see a change before my eyes.  Over the course of a few months, I watched seeds grow into plants (some into trees) and watched fruit and vegetables be produced.

According to the Free Online Diction, fruit is:

The ripened ovary of a flowering plant that contains the seeds, sometimes fused with other parts of the plant.

If you remember back to science class, the plant has to go through pollination in order for the fruit or the seed bearing part of the plant to be produced.  This is where our bumble bees and the wind come into play.  Pollen from one part of the plant has to be taking to another part in order for pollination to occur.  (As I found out with Watermelon, if it is dry and no wind, you may have to take a brush and hand pollinate the plants!).

I went into a little detail about how fruit are produced because as Christians, we have the possibility of producing fruit as well.  In Galatians 5:22-23, it says,

(22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

We are just like plants, but in order for us to become fruit bearing we must take care of ourselves just like a garden.  We have to be nurtured to the point where we grow and can produce flowers. We need the flowers so that we can allow for pollination to occur within ourselves.

How do we grow and stay a well-maintained disciple for the Lord?  We grow through the reading and the filling of ourselves with the Word of God.  As we open up to what God has for us, we can be pollinated so that we might produce the fruit of the spirit.

We all have the potential to be fruit bearers.  We just have to stay vigilant and take care of ourselves physically and spiritually.   Keep yourself encouraged and do not turn yourself from the ways of the Lord.  I think the Message puts Galatians 5:22-23 into a way we can really grasp it:

22-23 But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

Be blessed and be a fruit bearer!


Antoine E. Hall


"It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect." - 2 Samuel 22:33
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