“The Fruit of the Spirit’s not a banana (nana). The Fruit of the Spirit’s not a banana (nana). If you want to be a banana, you might as well hear it. You can’t be a Fruit of the Spirit.” *
As I lay in bed, the song that I hoped to teach my preschoolers swirled through my head. “’Cause the Fruit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. ‘Cause the Fruit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
I wanted to add a new verse, “The fruit of the spirit is not ME (owie)!”
Just the day before, I had prayed with my husband to surrender a problem near to my heart. Together we prayed to trust his love and sovereign power to work together for good, no matter what. That afternoon I prayed again before starting a difficult conversation, then proceeded to move like a high-performance race car, revving up my anger from 0 to 60 in record speed. No love. No joy. No peace… Definitely no self-control. I had marched out of the room defeated, my prayer now, “Where are you Lord when I’m stuck in the messiness of life!”
I opened up my “Jesus Calling“ devotional for January 28 and read the opening words, “I am with you always.” It was God’s answer: I’m right here, right now. Preparing you for much greater challenges to come, and preparing you to walk through them in trust and strength.
What I view as failure God views as a training ground, inviting me to start fresh and be transformed by the renewing of my mind.
And so I’ll sing my children’s song today, even as I take another step towards putting behind childish ways and letting God prepare me to meet my future challenges filled with the fruits of the spirit.
Where are you today? Enjoying the fruits or wondering how to find God in your own messiness? Join in the discussion on this week’s blog post. – Noelle
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. “ Romans 12:2
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” 1 Corinthians 13:11
* “Fruit of the Spirit” song lyrics by Paula Harrington