To the barren land of Luz came the woman called Faith
In one hand she held a seed, in the other she held a spade.
And though she saw no sign of river or rain,
She dug a hole, put in the seed and covered it up again.
She believed it would grow,
Come dry wind, dust, rain or snow!
While she waited and believed,
A visitor she did receive;
A man named Goodness came along
With a watering can in his arms strong.
And faith looked on with glee,
As he watered everywhere but the seed.
And still his surprise did show,
When the seed refused to grow.
Along came knowledge who said;
‘You must water the seed and till the bed!’
This goodness did and was rewarded,
When a tiny, green shoot, the wet earth penetrated.
But what gave them consternation,
Was that the plant refused to blossom.
Still, Goodness watered, pouring drop after drop,
Till a new voice yelled; ‘Man, please stop!’
That plant has all it needs and more,
Which is why it’s not doing what it’s planted for!
You ought to teach it discipline and control.’
Said the man, whose name was Self control.
Thus, they rationed its water and pruned the young tree,
Till in time, pale flowers appeared beside each leaf.
‘By tomorrow,’ Self control declared with passion,
We’ll be eating of the fruit for this season!’
They all went to bed chanting this refrain.
But tomorrow came and the blossoms remained.
Then days passed and they started to wilt.
Then they all agreed, faces dark as soot
That the seed must have been a bad one!
They’d chop down the tree and prepare for next season.
So, Goodness appeared with axe in hand
And saw a man standing with upraised palm.
‘Patience!’ said he, ‘Do not cut down that tree!
Endure a little while and its fruit you will see.
And soon, they saw where each flower had been,
A fruit had emerged, small and green, yet swollen.
And all rejoiced in their endurance
And thanked the stranger called Perseverance.
The day finally arrived, when the fruit were ripe and heavy.
All looked upon them with joy and sudden…envy!
And were quarrelling over everyone’s portion,
Each declaring they’d made the greater contribution,
When they heard a melodious voice yonder.
Knowledge piped; ‘Who is this now, I wonder?’
The newcomer declared; ‘Greetings y’all! My name is Love!’
Perseverance said; ‘Wow! You must be sent from above!’
Love said; ‘This fruit has been given not for you to squabble,
But to share with the land around you in trouble!
They all nodded at the wisdom of her words
And the good fruit, on the land of Luz, they dispersed.
Soon, the land was verdant and green
With fruit trees as far as could be seen!
So, my friend, add all these attributes
To the seed you’ve been given within
Then you’ll be effective and productive
And bear fruit over which we’ll rejoice in heaven!
*Adapted from 2nd Peter 1:5-8; NIV
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