The Abundant Life: P1

I was sitting out under the magnolia tree one night thinking. One of my best friends likes to sit under an apple tree. I’ve been meaning to offer a warning about the dangers of sitting under fruit trees. Just ask Sir Issac Newton. On the bright side, Sir Newton did learn something. It only took getting conked on the head. I once shot myself in the foot with a power washer. That was a lesson. Well… whatever it takes I guess.

The shade of a tree does make a great thinking (or meditating) spot. Recently I learned that the Jews would meditate and pray under fig trees. I doubt that falling figs would do much damage. You’d also get a nice light snack. Jesus wasn’t too happy about a fig tree that didn’t produce any fruit. He cursed it. He must have been pretty hungry. (Hangry?) Yeah, I think it’s okay to tease Him a bit. He’s a wonderful friend too. The Lord is the sweetest and most truest friend you could have.

As you can imagine, I was pretty happy about this “sitting under trees” revelation. It made me smile so much, especially since I almost took my Bible and journal out front to sit under the magnolia tree. Two things stopped me; I can’t lean against that tree— I’d have to sit in the dirt, and I can’t connect to the WiFi there which means I can’t look up the Bible commentaries. 

Instead I went out later that night simply to think and enjoy the great outdoors. I didn’t sit in the dirt though. I know that the Jews sat in ashes, but this was a mourning thing. It was evening, and I was in a peaceful mood, so I sat on the grass instead. 

Have you ever noticed that if you sit in one spot long enough you’ll see things? No, I don’t mean hallucinations brought on by apples falling on your head. Somebody stop me. I can’t stop hurling fruit. 

As I enjoyed how lovely the light and shadows look as the sun starts to go down I witnessed a squirrel spunkily (Is that a word?) run across a neighbor’s lawn. Then I sighted a silhouetted flock of geese. Life does pass before your eyes, especially if an apple falls on your head…. Sorry… that’s the last one. I hope. 

Somehow this got me thinking about the abundant life. Yeah, not a clue how I got from squirrels and geese to the abundant life, but it happened. That’s when I came in, wrote down my thoughts and left the abundant life for another day.  I’ll let you know when I figure it out. It might require some fresh fruit falling on my head.

There’s a very distinct possibility that I laughed a lot as I wrote this one. It’s good to spend some quality time with the Lord. ❤


A Healthy Tree

“If you grow a healthy tree, you’ll pick healthy fruit. If you grow a diseased tree, you’ll pick worm-eaten fruit. The fruit tells you about the tree.” 

Matthew 12:33

The Source of all Good

“The men to whom our Lord spoke were not neutral, but in direct hostility to Him, and here, therefore, He presses on them logical rather than practical consistency; “make,” i.e., reckon, the tree and the fruit as having the same character. If to cast out demons be a good work, then the power from which it flows must be good also. Works of that kind do not come from a corrupt source.”

Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers

“God is the source of all good, of all creatural purity as well as all creatural blessedness. And if a life has a blank wall turned to Him, and has cut itself off from Him, I do not care how you educate it, fill it full of science, plunge it into an atmosphere of art, make the most perfect arrangements for social and economical and political circumstances, that soul is cut off from the possibility of good, because it is cut off from the fontal source of all good.”

MacLaren’s Expositions

24 thoughts on “The Abundant Life: P1

  1. This is so wonderful. The secret with fruit trees is to sit with your back against the tree. Much harder for the fruit to secure a direct hit. And if it does you reputation is protected. You are propped up. It just looks like you are taking a few minutes sleep rather than laid out by a falling piece of fruit.

    You do see things under a tree. You see the abundance of life. Gods handy work. With patience you start to see connections. How things in the world are linked. We should make time for a bit of fruit tree sitting just be prepared for some involuntary rests or take a hard hat. x

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  2. This is so beautiful and funny! I love how you sprinkle humor in your posts. But I also love that sitting outside, under the tree, helped you to reflect on the abundant life. This sounds so lovely and peaceful, and it sounds like you were just soaking in the Lord’s presence.

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  3. Hey Tina….this was an extremely enjoyable post. I was smiling all through. Your exuberant personality and charisma are all revealed beautifully in every sentence. Hangry Jesus😂🤣🤭😆….that one just cracked me up. I think I did need this reminder…..to recognize a tree by it’s fruits. I need to introspect and think about the fruits I am producing and the spiritual health of my tree.🤔🌴🎀🌻. Thanks for sharing Tina…..🎀💟🎀💟🎀💟

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  4. Tree sitting is a lovely thing, despite the dangers of falling fruit. 😊For the expanse of yard we have, we have really have none for getting comfortable under, sadly. Just two rows of firs as wind blocks and a baby oak someone gave us to plant a few years ago. But, I do try to observe God’s creation as I can and let it speak to me, which it definitely does around here from birds to squirrels to the more exotic possums and skunks. 😉And, thinking of fruit, I am forever praying I am exhibiting the good fruit of the Spirit. There’s a song from our children’s program at church connected to that always going through my head. It lists all the fruits rapid fire. I will leave you with the opening lines: “The fruit of the Spirit’s not a coconut. The fruit of the Spirit’s not a coconut. If you wanna be a coconut you might as well hear it, you can’t be a fruit of the Spirit.” 😁Thanks as ever for the big smiles.❤

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  5. This so so beautiful and you made me smile too. Sitting out in nature under a tree is very enjoyable. Although once when I did that I had a dog come up and sniff around me like crazy and I though ok once he is done he will go away, but then he decided to mark me and gave a little wee on my leg. I had never before gone from sitting to standing position so fast in my life 😁.

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    1. 😁 Wow that is quite the story… Animals, who can predict them!? Well… you got a story out if it anyways. 😁 It’s not a pleasant one, but it turns up the corners of the mouth. 😁

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  6. “Have you ever noticed that when you sit long enough in one place you notice things?” Love this bit. Yes so true. There really never is nothing going on. God is always speaking. Sometimes my anger at being stuck in one place distracts me but I eventually come around. I think it might have something to do with being “hangry”, lol. I’ll have to remember to sit under Jesus more – always fruit there. Other trees can be so disappointing. Reminds me of the lyrics:
    The tree of life my soul hath seen
    Laden with fruit and always green
    The trees of nature fruitless be
    Compared with Christ the apple tree
    This fruit doth make my soul to thrive
    It keeps my dying faith alive;
    Which makes my soul in haste to be
    With Jesus Christ the apple tree
    Thanks for this funny beautiful reminder 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the read. I so understand being stuck. It’s definitely not a fun feeling. I really enjoyed reading your words and those lyrics! They’re great! Thanks so much for sharing. 😊

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  7. Tina, I giggled through your post. I do agree that if you take time and just sit and observe the wonder and beauty of nature is amazing. We often are in such a hurry that we miss the best part of the day. Your blog is a bright spot in my day!

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    1. Thanks Jeanne! I am SO glad! I was out taking lots of photos today… observing all the wonder and beauty that God has created. 😊 I have a couple photo posts set up for tomorrow and plenty more to work with for inspiration.

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  8. I love sitting under trees too. A friend and I went to one of our many parks the other day and sat under a huge old tree facing the river. It was beautiful and so peaceful. I took some pictures and need to get them on the computer. I still need to do a blog on the last place we went and post the pictures from that. I have been taking time off the computer lately, so haven’t produced much fruit on my blog. Maybe I need a piece of fruit to fall on my head to get me going again. 🙂

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    1. 😂 I just uploaded a bunch of photos to my laptop. Small problem… well actually it’s kind of a big problem. I can’t seem to connect to the Internet on my laptop. Had this problem before. I have no idea why. So my photos are pretty much useless until I can resolve the Internet access issue. Not relaxing. Nope. Nope relaxing at all. I need to sit under a tree for a long long time. 😁

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      1. That is frustrating. I needed to print something today and now my printer won’t work for who knows what reason. Sitting under a tree might help our frustration, but unfortunately won’t solve the technical problems. Oh, dear. If only I had a clue about these things. Sigh…

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      2. Yes, the printer not working is definitely a frustration. That’s a common one unfortunately. 😕 For me it’s often an issue of not connecting to the WiFi.

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      3. I don’t use WiFi, so that wasn’t the problem. I unplugged it once and that didn’t help. I unplugged it later and lo and behold! It worked. And I didn’t even sit under a tree. 🙂

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      4. Technology is so complicated and temperamental. 😁 It definitely seems to have a mind of it’s own. Maybe my computer will work today. One can hope. ☺

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