He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season… Psalm 1: 3 NIV
The Bible often uses trees as symbols. This tree is a symbol for a man who walks in the way of the Lord. It is tree that is always watered by the spirit of God and that yields the fruit of the spirit : love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. What a pleasure to know that as we follow God and allow him to mold us that we’ll be like great big mighty trees – maybe like an oak, or a maple tree that glows in the autumn. Trees produce food and shelter for animals and people. It’s nice to think that I will be a shelter and provisioner for others.
Like a tree it takes time for a person to grow spiritually. A tree often has to be quite large before it produces any fruit. So I need to be patient.