Words from the Heart for Monday August 17th, 2020

Then God said, “Let the land produce plants. Let them produce their own seeds. And let there be trees on the land that grow fruit with seeds in it. Let each kind of plant or tree have its own kind of seeds.” And that’s exactly what happened.

Genesis 1:11 (NIRV)

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Plants and Trees

The pawpaw tree produces fruit that is as close to tropical as you can grow in Canada. Native to Canada’s Carolinian Forest in Southern Ontario, the fruit of the pawpaw tree looks like a mango. The flesh on the inside is orange in color with a custard like texture and a few large seeds in the middle.  It tastes like a cross between many things – mango, peach, papaya, banana and maybe a few more. It grows best in areas with hot summers and cold winters.

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One of the greatest mysteries to me is how a maple key fluttering to the ground eventually becomes a mighty maple tree, offering shade, syrup and stunningly beautiful fall colours. God places into the seed all the DNA of a mighty maple. And He did that with every living thing. Genesis 1:11 says “Then God said, “Let the land produce plants. Let them produce their own seeds. And let there be trees on the land that grow fruit with seeds in it. Let each kind of plant or tree have its own kind of seeds.” And that’s exactly what happened.” Every spring the land comes back to life. By this time of the year the trees are in full leaf, and the farm fields are filled with produce. Each started with a seed. Jesus uses this truth to teach us about our faith. It begins like a seed, but eventually produces much fruit for the kingdom of God. These are the principles of that kingdom. God birthed a seed of faith in you when you became a follower of Jesus. How has it grown and flourished over time? That is all God’s work in you. Give Him the glory for it all.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley