The Parable of the Young Tree
Morning Thought: Will it help a young tree if you grab and shake it, shouting, “GROW!”? It’s possible that your frustration and force will actually break the tree. Growth doesn’t happen through mere desire; you need to do things a certain way. Care for the tree. Water it. Provide sun and nutrients. In the same way, you may be frustrated by your own life, others and the church. You want growth, but you may not be going about it the right way. But if you’re on the right path, be patient, you will bear good fruit. “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains” (James 5:7, NASB).