Roots and Fruit

by kerriebutterfield

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.

In my greatest seasons of growth I realize that they came when I was willing to surrender to Papa’s discipline, knowing that His discipline is rooted in love. If I haven’t been disciplined by God, I haven’t been loved by God. If I struggle to receive God’s disciplines then I struggle to receive God’s love. Legitimate sons and daughters understand that discipline is apart of acceptance and family. Orphans, not being established in acceptance, feel the sting of rejection when disciplined. Rejection hurts and so they reject it, fearing harm, and not understanding the discipline may hurt for a bit, but will produce greater health and abundance in their lives. They miss out on the fruit because they rejected the discipline. You see, the activity of discipline will expose either a root of rejection or a root of acceptance.

In this season, the hard things are causing my roots to grow deeper into His love, even when that looks hard and difficult because the end result will be more of Him and more fruit.

The truth in this season is that all of God’s disciplines exist to prepare me to steward blessings because I am a legitimate daughter, a beloved child rooted and established in His love. My Father, the Farmer, is producing something beautiful in me.

When difficulties come in your life, choose to run to Papa and I place yourself and your circumstances in His loving care.

“And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, ‘My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.’ Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. ‘Make level paths for your feet,’ so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” Hebrews 12:5-13