Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: JOIE DE VIVRE (delight in being alive) (08/18/16)
- TITLE: An Episode in the Orchard
By Donna Powers
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
ADD TO MY FAVORITES
One day in the Orchard of the Spirit,
The Gardener planted three trees side by side.
To these trees, He said, “You are to grow tall and abundantly.
And your purpose shall be to produce the fruits of joy.”
He took each plant in His hands and carefully planted it.
He carefully chose the soil, and planted each one its correct depth.
To all of these plants He gave His promise:
“Everything you will need, I will supply.
I will be here within your sight, and I shall never leave you.
For your purpose is important to me,
As this world needs much joy.”
In due season, the trees began to grow and flourished.
As they grew, they found His promise to be true.
Everything they needed; no matter what befell them
Was provided by the Gardener
It came to pass, as the trees were ready to bear fruit
A torrential storm besieged the Orchard
This storm was more powerful than any the saplings had seen before
And they knew not what to do.
The first tree called out to the others, “Do not falter! Look only to Him!”
But the second tree was overwhelmed and afraid.
“Surely even our Gardener cannot protect us from so fierce a storm!”
The third tree was more resilient and confident.
“The Gardener has protected us in the past. We can draw on our inner strength
We can withstand this torrent for His sake.”
Through the raging of the winds, the Gardener's Voice was heard:
“Let the storm do what it will, and trust me!
Look to me, and I will give you strength enough for this storm”
The second tree heard His Voice, but still feared. This tree dearly wanted to believe,
But it was defeated by the vision of the storm's might.
The storm shook the sapling, and it fell – and was destroyed.
In the end, its promise of fruit could be no more.
The third tree heard His Voice and did not fear.
It reached within itself and gathered up all of its strength.
“Surely I can take inspiration from what He has done in the past,”
The sapling said. “I have enough strength, and I shall make him proud.”
The storm shook the sapling, and wore much of its resources away.
But the first tree did not waver or hesitate
It heeded not the storm, for it gazed only at the Gardener
The storm shook that sapling, too
But the storm did no damage, and its fruit was lush and abundant.
The Gardener walked in the Orchard after the storm.
To the fallen tree, He gave His love and forgiveness
To the battered tree, He gave His thanks
But to the triumphant tree, He gave His blessings
And with its fruit, He gave joy to the world.
The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
Accept Jesus as Your Lord and Savior Right Now - CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.