When Analogies and/or Realities Break Down

<%image(20051018-treeinriver.jpg|216|162|treeinriver)%> “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers. But they delight in doing everything the LORD wants; day and night they think about his law. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they proper.”
Psalm 1:1-3 NLT

Do you ever feel like you’re trying to obey this verse and then you end up in the river like this tree? Nothing against God or anything, but I think it’s true that obedience surely leads to uncomfortable situations, if I may go out on a limb. . .

On the slightly more serious side I have been thinking about fruit (and maple tree sap for that matter), the season to bear fruit, and God’s timing in producing the fruit. Here are some related verses.

“May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—those good things that are produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.”
Philippians 1:11

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.”
Philippians 2:13