I’ve been pondering a lot about this tree metaphor because I really want to get into mentoring (even if that means only my children).
I planted a spiritual seed back in 2011. I put a lot of intention behind planting this “seed” 10 years ago in my heart. A seed is basically an idea… you can plant any idea in your heart (which is like symbolic soil). The seed of eternal life, Jesus Christ, whatever you want–good or evil.
Well, it’s 2021, and that seed has slowly grown and is now a tree… that is producing beautiful fruit.
The beautiful fruit… are my kids who are growing from me… who will one day fall off, and be buried in the ground and metaphorically die and their seed will be planted, and they will become their own trees… under my care and supervision. They will hopefully become good trees and produce good fruit–that will fall off and become trees… and the cycle continues for eternity.
But what kind of tree do I want to be? I want to be an authentic tree. I’ve gotten back into spirituality, and I’m reading my scriptures consistently again. I’m surrendering my sins to God. I’m finally becoming the Christian I was meant to become–focused on developing a real relationship with Christ. I do believe this idea came from God… I’m just grateful I could be open to this beautiful symbolism.
What kind of seed do you want to plant in your heart that’ll grow into a tree? (It took me ten years to understand the power of this metaphor.)
Good trees require sunlight and water and good soil (a good heart). That is why biblical study and keeping a relationship with God is so important… no matter what stage of life your in.