Moving is such a life-changing and stressful time. I am surrounded by numbered boxes and already I find myself needing something previously packed. Every object I lay my hand on requires a decision. Do I pack it in a box destined for the French studio or our American home? Do I give it to a friend? Do I give it to the thrift store? Do I throw it away? Do I sell it? Will I regret the decision I just made?
One thing I do not have to think about is the perishables. Whatever does not get eaten will at the end be given to the neighbors. I would not make the mistake of packing the fruit! However, when putting together these boxes, it is almost as if I have packed away fruit, that is the fruit of the Spirit. I am stressed and crabby. I am not so kind and loving to my husband. So often, I lose it and self-control is out the window.
Our verse for today describes the one who is filled with and walking by the Spirit of God. The results of being in close communion with Him are evident in one’s behavior and attitude. I have none of these qualities on my own, especially in tense stressed moments. But as a believer the Spirit of God resides in me. The more I confess my inadequacies and turn to Him for help, the more He responds with this beautiful fruit. These qualities describe to perfection the One I serve. He is slowly (some days very slowly) producing His character or image in me!
Lord, especially in the middle of boxes, produce Your fruit in me!