Found this citrus grove not long ago on one of my adventures. Looks a bit unkempt. Like no one is taking proper care of it. Weeds and bushes growing around the citrus trees, dead stuff that hasn’t been cleared away. Fruit waiting to be picked. There was no one around for miles. The house at the end of the grove looked empty – no cars, no people. The barn on the edge of the property needed repair. Where were the workers? Where was the caretaker?
I thought about what happens if that fruit just stays there or drops on the ground to rot.
What happens if we aren’t nurtured? The fruit God has sown in us doesn’t develop and ripen. Or what fruit does grow may not be harvested. It may fall to the ground and rot. Someone else won’t experience the wonder of that fruit.
So, what nurtures you? Where do you get your encouragement? I get nourishment from bible reading and study, from my writing, and I’m nurtured by time spent with friends, family, my church family, play time with my crazy pets. It’s all about balance in your life. Allow the fruit in your life to be nourished and grow. Really.