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Christine Schrader

Bloom or Die

   He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down (Luke 13:6-9).

   This summer I planted three dahlias outside my kitchen window. Late summer came and I was disappointed, that although two of the plants bloomed, the third one got tiny buds on the plant, but refused to bloom. If it didnít bloom, I would let it stay in the ground and freeze.  So I started to fertilize it often, and watered the plant until I thought it might drown.

   I didnít know if the ground was bad, or the plant. Still I fertilized and watered it, and began to pray that the Lord would make it grow. After a couple of weeks, the buds began to grow and I could see color in them. At last the plant produced an abundance of beautiful flowers.

   Some people are like that. They refuse to grow and produce a harvest for the Lord. But Jesus is faithful and works with them so that they will become the beautiful and productive Christians that God intended them to be.

God Bless

Christine

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