“A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an invisible orchard.”
– Welsh Proverb
Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to plant a seed – from any type of fruit – and watch a fruit tree grow in a matter of hours? Farmers would be planting and harvesting around the clock. There would be such an abundance of fruit that we could possibly end world hunger. However, we all know that a tree doesn’t become a tree overnight. Everything must begin with a seed, and that one seed will produce an abundance of fruit over time. With the right environment and proper care, that seed – once planted – will start its journey of becoming a lush, fruit yielding tree.
To begin the process there are a few essential things needed, let’s take a look. To start, the soil must be prepped to protect the seed and to provide the proper living environment for the seed to flourish. When a farmer is tilling the ground, they’re breaking up the soil to prepare it for planting. They must churn the dirt to make the soil loose, so that it receives proper air flow when the seed or seedlings are planted. The second thing needed is water. Once water hits the seed, the covering (outer shell) begins to soften and as it absorbs the water, it begins to expand. Eventually, the pressure caused by the seed expanding will then allow the seed to break through the shell. The last important element needed is sunlight. Once a seed has sprouted, sunlight is the key energy source for that plant to grow. These three things are necessary for the seed to eventually become a tree and it cannot survive without it.
The Bible says that the seed is the Word of God (Luke 8:11). Our hearts and minds are like the soil where the seed is being sown (Matt 13:18-23). The teaching of God’s Word, through proper understanding, is likened to water or rain (Deut 32:2). We need the Son of God (Jesus), who is the Light of the world (John 9:5), to shine upon us, so we can mature and grow in our faith.
Can you see yourself metaphorically as a tree? The Bible talks about a tree that is called “the Tree of Life”; this tree has twelve fruits on it and it yields fruit every month (Rev 22:2). These twelve fruits must be referring to the 12 fruits of the Spirit mentioned in Scripture (Gal 5:22; Eph 5:9; Heb 13:15), which are God’s character. Since the Scriptures instruct us to be like our Heavenly Father (Matt 5:48) then we must have all twelve fruits within us. The Lord wants His children to have His character and nature.
Oftentimes, we don’t realize that it only takes one seed to produce a tree, which will bear multiple pieces of fruit. If this is true regarding natural fruit, then what will happen when the (seed) Word of God is planted in our hearts and minds? The Lord is looking for the trees whose roots are deeply connected to Him (the source). Those are the trees that will be firmly planted by the river of living water.
We would like to encourage our readers to join us as we embark on this journey of spiritual transformation with our Heavenly Father.
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“Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the LORD and whose hope and confident expectation is the LORD. For he will be [nourished] like a tree planted by the waters, that spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear the heat when it comes; but its leaves will be green and moist. And it will not be anxious and concerned in the year of drought nor stop bearing fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8