When I consider where I am right now, there is a large part of me that wants to have already arrived at a place where I am able to observe a massive tree. This tree would represent my life, bearing countless amounts of fruit. My impatience clouds my thinking though, for I am not the one that bears that fruit. That fruit bearing can only come from a life unified with Christ and lavished in His grace. Only He is able to cleanse and maintain a fertile soil within me and provide a place where good seeds can flourish.

Taking one purposeful step at a time, I realize that the nourishment of my soil and my growth are a lifetime process. Anything attempted to be grown in darkness will never grow into what God desires, those seeds will be weak, frail, and soon shrivel from the lack of nourishment. When I take the time daily to read my Bible, I find light, living water, and food for my seeds to thrive–my path is then illuminated before me. Psalm 119:105 says; “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”

You know what’s exciting? If you and I remain in that light, we will be able to see the nasty rocks of sin that we might stumble over. They cause shallow roots to develop within us, eventually withering and killing any growth.When this light bursts onto the scene–it helps us to see the choking thorns creeping into our lives. I know I’m not immune to rocks and thorns attempting to embed themselves into my soil but if I allow it–they will choke out the truth that has been so graciously planted within my heart. I personally am not willing to become a fruitless branch. Above all else, I must guard my heart. It’s in nurturing of God’s truth that each of us are better able to discern which steps in life we should or shouldn’t take.

*Matt. 13:3-9 & 18-23.

If it wasn’t for God’s grace, I would have remained lost and in the darkness, without a hope or a future–just like my dying seed sprouts. Instead, he offers us a rich hope and fruit bearing future unified in Him.

“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 a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:11-14a.