“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” ~ John 15:4
In my house, I have lots of plants. Over a dozen, actually. I like the green and living appeal of having plants all over the place.
I have one, however, that is quite scraggly. It was given to me as a housewarming gift, and it has kind of dragged itself along every since. It doesn’t really respond to pruning, so I’ve just let it go whatever direction it feels like. I make sure it gets water and sunshine regularly, because that seems like the most I can do.
Three days ago this little pitiful plant provided me with a surprise. Drooping over and all, there are little pink blooms on the it.
Now, this was a surprise, because in six years the plant has never bloomed. Not once. And here, after taking care of it consistently (but not extraordinarily), it produced flowers.
I think it can often feel like this in our walk with Christ. Sometimes His work in us can take many years, and we might not be able to see what’s happening. But stick with Him, and He will produce fruit in our lives that will be a beautiful witness to others.