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For as [surely as] the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring forth, so [surely] the Lord God will cause rightness and justice and praise to spring forth before all nations [through the self-fulfilling power of His word]. (Isaiah 61:11)
One word for 2017: Fruition.
According to Vocabulary.com, “Fruition is a happy word: it’s derived from the Latin, frui, meaning ‘to enjoy’.” It means “the condition of bearing fruit; something that is made real or concrete; enjoyment derived from use or possession.”
My young daughter loved planting seeds. She meticulously extracted the seeds from apples, pears, watermelons, oranges and bananas. Yes, even bananas with all their goo and mush. She’d carefully nibble away the fruit and set aside her prized, life-filled seeds. Then out to the front flower garden she’d trot.
Plastic shovel in hand, she’d dig deep – plowing, tilling and tending the soil until it was rich, moist and free from stone. She’d sow her seeds with careful tenderness. She’d water them, watch them and wait.
Time and again, my daughter planted. Time and again, nothing grew. She continued her work – day after fruitless day. Tilling. Sowing. Watering. Watching. Waiting.
Then, one day. Read the rest of this entry »