Bearing Fruit in Times of Drought

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Maybe God is about to do something BIG in your life and you need to conserve your energy?
  3. 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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.”

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14 thoughts on “Bearing Fruit in Times of Drought

  1. Psalm 23
    The Lord is my shepherd…
    Along with the promises in Luke and Matthew that the shepherd will leave his flock to find one lost sheep. Very reassuring.
    We are never alone.
    Thanks Crystal, love your lily🌺

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  2. Gah, am I ever in a spiritual fog!!! This is so uplifting. I am so patience with my plants but do I demonstrate that same patience with myself, my kids, my life???

    Thank you for your blog! Love you girl!

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  3. The times when there’s no visible or active growth also seem to give us too much time to dwell on ourselves and that is for sure not a good thing! As women we scurry around trying to fix things for our families and ourselves, sometimes before there’s even anything to fix, and being in a dormant time feels like we’re not doing enough of what we’re “supposed to” be doing. But maybe that’s when we’re best able to see that “when we are weak He is strong”. We definitely do “see through a glass darkly”! Thanks for helping to remind us about resting, Crystal!!

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  4. Crystal, I love how you take something so simple as the flowers not sprouting and work it into an amazing message that we can all relate to. God is good all the time! We may not understand why we go through difficult times, but when we come out on the other end, it all makes sense. There are so many tiny blessings to be thankful for every day.

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    1. Thank you, Melissa!! Thank you for taking the time to read my post and you are so right! I want to look for His gifts and blessing everyday and not focus on the bad. 😘

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  5. Beautiful pic! I love that kind of lily!
    Great points you’ve made here!
    “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.” This is the text that the title of my blog came from!
    Keep up the good work!

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