I totally love the fruits that we get during the Summer – I love peaches, strawberries, cherries, rhubarb, apricots, figs, blueberries, . . . . I LOVE these fruits!! I love to use them in pies, tortes, grilled, fresh, with cream, . . . . . There have even been a few occasions when I’ve eaten so many of these that I’ve gotten sick Nevertheless, Summer fruits are delicious!! These are season fruits that can be harvested in the Summer. So I try to eat as many of them as I can while they’re available.
But I also think about these fruits in relation to the fruits of the Holy Spirit that Paul discusses in Galatians 5 – fruits like patience, love, peace, self-control, joy, gentleness, goodness, kindness and faithfulness. I LOVE it when I have these fruits in my life – seems like life is more enjoyable & effective. But here’s my challenge, I’ve tried to make myself be patient & boy was that a disaster! I’ve tried to be more loving, only to find myself venting on someone who was undeserving of such wrath. I’ve tried to be gentle, only to find myself bumbling through emotional land mines. I’ve come to this conclusion – these things are the fruit of the SPIRIT, not the fruit of Sarah. With this flash of brilliance, my main objective now, is to live increasingly sensitive to the Holy Spirit. You see, the more I’m around the Holy Spirit, the more these consequences / fruits become observable in my life and the Fruit of the Spirit far surpasses any peach, strawberry, cherry, rhubarb, blueberry, apricot or fig ,)