That picture is of my younger brother, Jonathan, when he was 8 years old. Strawberries were his 4H project. The funny thing is – he doesn’t like to eat strawberries. He spent two years working a garden he wouldn’t eat. Yes, he did all the weeding, and I did all the eating.

Well, maybe I helped a little. 

Because I did learn this – strawberries take two years to grow. The first year you cut the blossoms to send the energy back into the plant, so year number two the plants are stronger, and the berries are yummier.

We love big juicy berries!

It’s that same thing that happens to us. Life storms make us stronger and wiser and more compassionate.

In John 15:2 Jesus says,

“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”

Whether your storm is COVID -19 fallout or something else, storms are hard to weather, but hang on to this thought of hope – that God is growing something good in your future. Wait for the harvest.

Blog by Rebekah Wright