My husband and I visit a bonsai guru, Victor, who appears to be about 170 years old, and his roadside garden store occasionally. The store looks like it will collapse on top of you if you sneeze. But, if you can get past the appearance, it’s magical inside.
As I walked inside recently, Victor called out to me. “Did you see those fruit trees I’m intentionally stressing?” The minute he spoke this, I felt Holy Spirit say, “Pay attention, this is important.”
Victor explained that he was intentionally stressing the plants by depriving them of water, causing increased flowering out of season and the result would be more fruit. More flowers=more fruit
I asked Victor, “Won’t this harm the tree?” He smiled a big smile like he was about to share the best secret with me and said, “No, not if the tree’s roots are healthy and established. It won’t harm the tree. When you stress a healthy tree the result is greater fruit. Good roots = healthy trees
Papa God was giving me a framework to understand my own “dry season” and that He was at work in it, not absent from it. He didn’t create my hardships, but He is using them to train me and make more fruitful. Read the rest of this entry »