There is something very satisfying about harvesting your own food.
Especially when the harvest was years in the making.
Like these luscious peaches – which were just picked from our orchard.
I could almost weep at the abundance.
We’ve had several years of discouragement.
Years full of blight.
Years of trusting that someday these trees would bear fruit.
And this year – they did – in abundance.
It was a harvest worth waiting for.
I see similarities to parenting.
You invest years in your children.
Planting seeds of character and righteousness.
Watering them with prayer.
Waiting for fruit.
There are years of drought when you feel that you are not heard.
There are years that are flooded with discouragement.
Then – finally – you see fruit.
Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness. Self-Control.
And you weep in the abundance knowing that your labor was not in vain in the Lord.
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”