Saturday, December 3, 2011

By Debbie Ormsbee

Whenever I go anywhere new, one of the first things I’m drawn to are the different plants – so much so that my daughter made me promise that I would take pictures of more than pretty flowers during my time in Guatemala.  That being said, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m loving the colorful variety of flowers & trees that are so abundant here or that God uses them to speak to me. 

The dirt yard of the house on the other side of the wall from where we are living holds many fascinations for me.  The home is quite modest but there is a very large gardenia bush covered with creamy white blossoms, a stand of banana trees, a blue hydrangea bush in bloom, at least one rose bush, as well as a fruit tree and some other flowering bushes that are new to me.  What has amazed me most though, is the pomegranate tree.  The base in Chico has one and the leathery skinned fruits had all turned that deep pink we are familiar with seeing in the grocery stores.  However… the tree here in our neighbor’s yard not only has the brightly colored ripe pomegranates, but there are also deep orange blossoms and immature fruit all on the same tree.  

God said our lives are like that tree.  There are some areas in our lives that are a beautiful, fragrant promise of future fruit, like the blossoms.  Then there are those areas where He is growing us and we are able to see more clearly the vision of what He is moving us toward, like the still green fruit.  And, by His grace, there are still other areas that have matured and produced good & pleasing fruit.

This reminded me of Rev. 22:2 “…..On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month.”

I’m so thankful that God is such an excellent gardener!  As Phil. 2:13 says, “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.”  There is great comfort, encouragement & rest for me in the example of the pomegranate tree!