Prepare To Bear

Fruit trees are different than vegetables plants.  Fruit trees grow for a number of seasons before they bear fruit.  Vegetable plants bring forth their harvest in the present season.  It is interesting how the Bible often compares us to fruit trees.  Whether it is a vine that is trimmed or a tree that is along the way, God expects us to bear more fruit.  We go through many things to bring us to a point that we can hold up under the stress of fruit bearing.  Life issues, tests, trials, and tribulations strengthen us just as the change of seasons prepare the fruit tree to hold up under the weight of great expectation.  God has promised to not put more on us than we can bear, so we should look to the opportunities that are coming for us to bring nourishment rather than worry about the storms that we are in or are approaching.