Friday, April 6, 2012


"A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?'
"'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'"

~Luke 13:6-9

"Cut her down!" I keep expecting God to say. "I keep looking for fruit and find none!"

He's given me fifteen years. Maybe sometimes I've produced a small, barely-edible harvest, but much of the time I'm barren. Why should I use up God's resources? Surely they would be better used by another, more productive recipient. One who seeks out opportunity, who yields to His hands, who craves His soil.

{both pics via pinterest}
But He does not cut me down. Instead He sends me Jesus, Who has been put in charge of caring for the vineyard. Jesus' tender care makes me want to yield to Him, and His presence makes the soil so much richer. He calls me to blossom, to make His time spent nurturing me valuable.

I don't know the set time limit that I have, but I do know that, with Jesus' help, I will make the best of that time. One day my harvest will be bountiful, a sweet addition to the Father's table.

~Charli Rae |Job 39:19-25|


  1. Wow. Nice job, char. I really liked the part where you said "who craves His soil". That was good.
    Benjamin did a similar post... and I told him that just making a wonderful post like that is producing fruit already. Here's why: You're making other Christians want to produce fruit too! It will be an exponential amount of fruit that, without your desire to produce fruit, wouldn't have existed! :)
    Hey, we used to have figs like that in our back yard. :)

  2. Whoa. I'm really sorry I forgot to capitalize your name. Here it is again: Char.

  3. Okay, you still the words right out of my mouth! I know that feeling... Thanks for the great post.


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