Thursday, 25 January 2018
Growing the Fruit
“Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.” - Billy Graham
I love the joy of climbing to the top of any mountain and then appreciating the view. The views are breath-taking and inspiring. They remind us of how small we are and how AWESOME God is. They show us a different perspective on the world we live in.
However, despite the brilliance of the view, we realise that we can't stay on top of the mountain - that we need to come back down to reality and the 'ordinary stuff' of life. We also need to remember that crops and vegetation grow better in the valleys, in the places that may not look the best or may even get lots of shade. The FRUIT grows in the valleys!
The same can be said of our spiritual lives - the moments of inspiration keep us going, but the place where we bear the most fruit is in the valley. So, if you find yourself going through a tough time then remember that this may be producing some lasting fruit in your life.
Jeremiah 49:4 - "...boast of your valleys so fruitful."
Living in Grace