I was looking outside my window when I noticed two sets of plants which were in the same land space but had two totally different outlooks. As I looked at them, I thought, the tale of two plants!

One of the plants in focus is a tree that looked brown and completely bare of leaves. It has a great space for it to grow and become all it ever wants to. However in this season, it was brown and bare of leaves. Yet there is the other plant that is part of the hedge of the same front garden. It is green and fresh looking. Same location and provision but different outcome or outlook.

As I looked at these two plants, I started asking myself why one plant was green and fresh while the other was dry and bare. One tree was responding to the season while the other was green all year round. I noticed that the green one was planted closely to the other plants that made up the hedge. They were in a cluster and that seemed to have made a difference to the outlook of the plant.

I felt the Holy Spirit minister to my spirit about the difference between a believers. One that is planted by the rivers and is part of a cluster versus the one that chooses to always be on their own. The lone ranger tends to be the plant that suffers the most. This is equally the same for a believer that chooses to stay away from fellowship and or our Father the source of freshness. The more they do that, the higher their likelihood of drying up and running into trouble.


The word of God says

‘Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked. Stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord. He meditates on His law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever they do prospers.’ Psalm 1:1-3. (Check out the NET here)

Once more this scripture reminds us that the productivity and freshness of a plant is dependent on how close they are to the source of life. With that being the case, I will implore you to stay close to our God and to one another because there is the year-round freshness promised.

Many give the excuse of the seasonal change for whatever they are experiencing. God however does not want our lives to be going up and down like a yoyo; He has made provisions for us to have His life and have it more abundantly.

Stay rooted in Him and stay closer in fellowship in the house of the Lord. You can never go wrong doing these things. So, stay fresh and fruitful even in autumn!

God is on your side!

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