Our Fruit We May Not See

Morninng Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
April 13, 2002

A young woman, who was a great lover of flowers, had set out a rare vine at the base of a stone wall. It grew vigorously, but it did not bloom. Day after day she cultivated it, watered it, fertilized it and tried in every way to coax it to bloom.

One morning, as she stood disappointingly before the vine, her invalid neighbor, whose back lot adjoined her own, called over and said, “You can’t imagine how much I have been enjoying the blooms of that vine you planted!”

The owner looked, and on the other side of the wall was a mass of blooms. The vine had crept through the crevices and over the wall, flowering luxuriantly on the other side.

So often we think our efforts are thrown away because we do not see their fruits. We need to learn that, in God’s service, our prayers, our toil, and our troubles are never in vain. Somewhere they bear fruit, and hearts will receive blessings and joy.

By Tom Moore - as seen in Inspiration Plus
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31 comments
  1. Great message, Kenny T! Thanks … I needed this one this morning! 🙂 Dave

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  2. As I soon head out to teach a Bible class at a local nursing home, I needed this right NOW. It is sometimes a bit discouraging–not always, but sometimes.

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  3. It’s so true that it’s difficult sometimes to know that we are doing things right when we can’t see the fruit of our efforts. How do we know if we are on the right path? Perhaps God will show us our fruits just in time to keep us on the right path like he did in the story.

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  4. Anonymous said:

    I needed this today! Perfect timing 🙂 Anna

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  5. This is a wonderful picture of blooming for the Lorc…gotta reblog!

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  6. This is a wonderful picture of blooming for the Lord. We don’t often see the results of our la or of love, but the Lord does and He shares those bloom with others. Thanks for sharing, Kenny. Gotta pass this one onz,

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  7. Reblogged this on Glenda Mills.com and commented:
    What a wonderful message to pass along. An encouragement to plant and cultivate those vines of love…letting the Lord decide who sees the fruit of our labor of love.

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  8. Maybe we bless best when we bless unaware! Beautiful story!

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  9. Love this story. I have a friend who has bougainvillea hedges and she gets so frustrated because they only flower on her neighbors side of the fence. I will send her this story. She’ll love it!

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  10. I like this – so true and we don’t realise at all. Thank you.

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  11. Very true. And how important that word of encouragement is. If her neighbor hadn’t told her, she would still have been thinking her vine wasn’t blooming.
    Let’s remember to share the blessings we’re receiving with the people who are being used to provide those blessings.

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