Are you feeling forgotten?
I have a plum tree behind my garage. Most of the time I forget it’s even there. Yet, somehow, it always produces an abundance of fruit even though I only water it a couple times a summer—when I remember it. The rest of the time it goes through all its seasonal cycles in obscurity, unnoticed and unappreciated by anyone.
We recently remodeled our garage and turned it into a family room with two small offices. One of the offices is mine and the view from my office window is the forgotten plum tree.
A month ago, masses of small white flowers covered it heralding the approach of spring. As the days passed, I enjoyed watching their tiny petals free themselves to float through the air, like a gentle snowfall complete with a soft white carpet covering the ground.
I have marveled at what a beautiful tree it is! Even now, I sit admiring it, praising God for its graceful beauty.
And I wonder how many of us are like that plum tree; rooted in some obscure place, seemingly unnoticed and unappreciated.
Year after year we pass through the seasons and cycles of life waiting for the opportunity to share our flowers and fruit–waiting for someone to open a window, look out, and see us.
What an encouragement it is to know that God always sees us and is ever working to produce a bounty of fruit in our lives. And at just the right time, He’s going to open that window. And He’s going to use the beauty of our cultivated fruit and flowers to draw seekers to Himself.
What encourages you in the “obscure” seasons of your life?Photos are mine.