I planted Stargazer lily bulbs two years ago. I was so excited, yet nervous. I love the idea of gardening, however, I did not inherit my father’s green thumb! I usually kill every thing. So, needless to say, when summer came around and I had no lilies I wasn’t that surprised. Disappointed, but not really surprised. I forgot all about my Stargazers until the next summer when I saw little green shoots fighting their way through the mulch! I was thrilled! All five plants were alive and well, and I had gorgeous lilies in my front yard!! Have you ever felt that YOU weren’t producing fruit? Like you can’t see or feel God working in your life, or you have no idea why you are where you are? I have felt that way most of my life. For my quiet time this morning I began reading the Psalms. Psalm 1:3 says, “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither- everything they do prospers.” First of all, what a peaceful and calming image, to be a tree planted by streams of water! Calm and confident in the Lord always! But what stood out to me this time I read that verse was “in season”, and it reminded me of my lilies. The first summer wasn’t their “season” to produce blooms. I googled, “why do plants go dormant”, and found several answers that can apply to our spiritual lives: 1) “the period of REST is crucial to their survival” (gardeningknowhow.com), 2) it helps them conserve energy, and 3) it could be related to their environment.
- We ALL need REST! If God rests, how much more do we need to?!?? In Genesis 2: 1, “because it was the day He RESTED from all His work of creation.” Maybe you don’t feel you are producing fruit because this is a season of rest for you.
- Maybe God is about to do something BIG in your life and you need to conserve your energy?
- How is the Enemy using your environment and trying to KEEP you from producing fruit? Is he keeping you so busy and distracted from God that you don’t have time to pray and be in The Word?
So what can we do when we feel we are in a season of drought and can’t produce fruit?
- Ask God to make you aware of an opportunity to show someone kindness, or a way to use your spiritual gifts (unsure of your spiritual gifts? You can look for online assessments to help with that). Pray specifically for this! If you specifically ask God for opportunities to do His will, you will be amazed at how faithful He is in revealing them!! “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3: 5-6.
- Ask God for wisdom. “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking” James 1: 5.
- Trust His timing. Many times I feel as I’m walking through life in a heavy fog. I can’t “see” what God’s doing and I don’t understand why things happen, or why I’m where I am. Then, I will glance behind me and realize how He made the pieces fit and it’s as if the fog lifted and I can “see” His why, or how He was working things out. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and hope” Jeremiah 29:11. “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1.
- Keep thanking God. “Give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5: 18. Whether you feel like it or not, God is good all the time and He has given you gifts and blessings. Thank Him in a season of drought!
Dear one, I hope this has encouraged you today! Comment and let me know how God provides an opportunity for you to produce fruit! I can’t wait to see how He works in your life! Jeremiah 17: 8 is similar to Psalm 1:3. I love this imagery and pray to be like this, “They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”