Spring breaks out with the dreams of gardening. The snowy winter bids farewell for sometime and lets the sun and rain to entertain the earth for a few months. They are the months of gardening. Nature smiles in green.
I am more interested in gardening. Whenever I meet my friends, they used to ask me, “What do you have in your garden now?”
Although I do not know much about gardening, my friends recognize me as a person interested in gardening. They are fond of sharing news about my gardening.
Even if it is snowing outside, I sow the seeds of vegetables and some flowers in containers and care them indoors.
The vegetables such as tomato, okra, pepper, cucumber, and beans are transplanted down on the earth once the fear of snow or frost is over. The strawberry planted separately in a corner, outside in the yard will resurrect when the winter is over and the fruits will be ready after some time. I have a pear tree that would yield by the end of spring or in the early summer. I have also coriander and mint, which I share with my friends whenever they are available. So it may not be a surprise for you that people ask me, “Where are your fruits?”
Where are your fruits?
This is a very vital question. Where are my fruits? - It is the first question of my daily life. As soon as I come out of my bed, I step into the garden in the backyard. I look at the morning sun nourishing my little plants with his beaming rays. Day by day I search for the fruits of my work.
“Where are your fruits?” - Jesus asked.
The gospels of Matthew and Mark narrate the incident of Jesus asking the fig tree “Where are your fruits?” It is natural that everyone expects the normal results from his/her labor.
"Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, 'May you never bear fruit again!' Immediately the tree withered." (Matthew 21:18-19)
God will ask me the same question on the day of Judgment!
My life on this earth should be fruitful. God has planted me as a fruit tree of His Garden on this earth. When I finish my journey here, He will ask me, “Where are your fruits?”
Should I not think of this question everyday, as a part of my daily life? Will He not search in me for the spiritual fruits that He has planted in my life garden? “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)