We are in the last month of the hot and dry season here in El Salvador. Having had some time off this week and able to spend some time at home for the first time in about 6 weeks I noticed some of the trees in my neighborhood and I really wondered how can these huge trees produce such big fruits and still have so many lush leaves on them without any rain since October of last year? So I did some research but it also brought some scriptures to mind too! First lets look at the mango tree. This tree is right out in front of my neighbor’s house next door and is loaded with mangoes:
Mango trees are long-lived, as some specimens still bear fruit after 300 years. In deep soil, the tap-root descends to a depth of 6 m (20 ft), with profuse, wide-spreading feeder roots; the tree also sends down many anchor roots, which penetrate several feet of soil.
So we can see that the mango tree gets all the water it needs to remain green and produce fruit from its tap-root deep within the earth and it is never affected by the surface conditions of hot days and lack of rain.
The bible tells us to be like this type of tree:
Jeremiah 17:7-8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. 8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Next we’ll look at the avocado tree planted in one of my neighbor’s back yard. I have never seen one so full of avocados. Here is what I found out about that type of tree: The shallow nature of the root system of the avocado tree makes the it susceptible to damage from flooding. If the roots stay wet, nutrients are lost and growth stunted. In prolonged flooding or saturated soil, the tree dies. The avocado is related to the olive tree and the cultivation is similar. It needs to be placed in well-drained soil.
The bible tells us in Psalm 1: 1-3 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3That person is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.
……..and then there is the half dead tree that I can see looking out the terrace from the back of my home. This poor tree has withered, has no fruit or leaves and it just longing for the time of the rainy season to come before it can spring back to life.
Joel 1:12 The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languishes; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy has withered away from the sons of men.
So we can see some examples of how our attitudes can cause us to be similar to the trees – when our joy has withered we lose our ability to bear fruit. In Nehemiah 8:10 it says “Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” So the loss of Joy leads to the Loss of our strength which is in the Lord. Jesus used another example this time of a vine in John Chapter 15. He said: 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
He also promised the Helper, the Holy Spirit would provide us with an unlimited supply of living water that would flow from our heart: in John 7 37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spoke he of the Spirit, whom they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
We as believers and followers of Christ are in a dry and thirsty time where many are abandoning or compromising their faith and it is becoming harder and harder to take a stand for the truths found in the bible but in the end the Word of God will be left standing and all that comes against it will be destroyed. Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” God warned us there would be a famine for His word in the end days in Amos Chapter 8: 11 Behold, the days come, says the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:12And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
So in the midst of this dry and thirsty time let your roots grow broader and deeper, get into the word of God and remain in Him without compromise. We will make it through and we will bear much fruit for His glory and for His kingdom!
Under His wings,