My poor peach tree
Has officially split in half.
It was filled to the brim with peaches.
I’ve never seen it so full of fruit.
I sat each evening looking at it and marveling at how many peaches it had produced.
The branches that were the highest seemed to be fuller than full.
I anticipated making all kinds of things “peach”.
I didn’t know that I was to lighten it’s load.
I didn’t understand that I should be “thinning the fruit”.
If I had been doing this all along, my peach tree most likely would be in much better shape.
Instead, it has split down the middle. There are still branches to the left and to the right that all of a sudden, I am now pruning and lightening in the hopes of saving some peaches.
I realize that sometimes I do to myself what I did to my peach tree.
I say “yes” and over commit myself time and again.
I find myself in a meeting of sorts and no one else seems to take the lead, so I do.
I try to handle a situation all by myself, so as not to burden someone else.
I think sometimes it’s actually part of God’s plan to use others.
He wants us united and sharing responsibilities in the family of God.
2 Corinthians 8:13
“For it is not intended that others be relieved of their responsibility and that you be burdened unfairly, but that there be equality in sharing the burden…”
If I jump too quickly…I’m actually causing someone else to miss their intended blessing!
“Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ (that is, the law of Christian love).”
Timing can be everything.
I’m forever starting yet “another” project (I love a good project)…but do I really need to start it a week prior to a houseful of company coming?
There are times that I too feel like I’m going to split right down the middle and it’s my own fault.
Sin (in and off itself) is a burden.
When I’m tempted to spend too much or to stray from my budget,
I feel the burden.
“For my iniquities have gone over my head (like waves of a flood); As a heavy burden they weigh too much for me.”
God’s way is so much better and so much easier.
He is the Gardener and He knows when we need pruning and He intends for our lives to bear fruit.
His ways, however, are not burdensome.
He is a Wise Gardener and Father.
He knows when to prune and how to prune.
He knows how much is too much and how much is just right.
He knows how to bear fruit and amazingly, He desires to include us in the process.
“Blessed (forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace) are those who mourn over their sins and repent, for they will be comforted when the burden of sin is lifted.”
“Blessed by the Lord, who bears our burden day by day. The God who is our Salvation.
“Cast your burden on the LORD (release it) and He will sustain and uphold you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken”
I don’t know where you find yourself today.
Bearing fruit or about to snap…
Go to the One who cares enough to take your burden from you.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls.”
(All of the above verses are from the Amplified Version of the Bible)
May we allow His pruning to take place and bear fruit in season!