Bearing Fruit in Dry Times

How does one bear fruit in a dry season?  A “dry season” reminds me of a hamster on its
wheel. The hamster is running on the wheel and getting nowhere – producing energy with no visible results – otherwise known as busy work.

desertAlthough personal situations may drive our circumstances, we must still bear fruit – even when our “season” is dry.  Often we want to bear the fruit without bearing the burden that allows us to bear the fruit.  So, what does that mean?  We want to have our cake and eat it, too.  We enjoy the finished product of writing, for example, but we don’t enjoy what we have to go through to get to the finished product.

In many instances, the situations that generate the stress, burnout, and hamster-wheel-syndrome can and will become the fuel to quicken our resolve. The desert is simply a distraction. It’s important that we not lose our focus. We cannot feel defeated if our bodies are not functioning as we would like them to. We can still eat the elephant one bite at a time. It may take longer and the bites may be smaller, but we can still reach our goals. We can still bear fruit.

What is your hamster wheel?  What has you going in circles in your wilderness? As a writer, I find writing about my challenges allows me to focus on those challenges and overcome them. Many times I have said that writing is therapeutic. There have been times when the answer to my situation comes to me as I’m writing. What is your therapeutic tool? What calms you and allows you to focus on your goal/destination?

Instead of dwelling on the obstacle, I allow myself to become lost in my writing. The situation may still be there when I’m finished writing, but at least I did not allow the situation to stop me. I write and I bear fruit – even in and as I’m going through a dry season!

One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 35:1(KJV), “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.”  Now, that’s bearing fruit in a dry place!

By Lorraine M. Castle

Rev. Cynthia Jackson is the administrator of the Rhema4U Blog and Innovations Ministries Director. Rev. Jackson is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was licensed and ordained under the tutelage of Bishop David G. Evans. She is an associate minister at Bethany Baptist Church located in Lindenwold, New Jersey. Rev. Jackson founded Innovations Ministries in 2001. Innovations Ministries provides dynamic and innovative programs and services for individuals and families dealing with various health-related issues. She is a gifted teacher, preacher, conference speaker and writer. God has anointed Rev. Jackson to be a spiritual midwife with a passion to empower others to birth God's vision for their lives. Rev. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University, a Master of Science Degree in Health Administration from Saint Joseph's University and a Master of Science Degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University.

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