After what seemed like months of drought, we finally get the much needed daily rain of the summer. July is notorious for afternoon and evening thunderstorms in Florida. The grass grows at an uncontrollable rate, which makes it necessary to get out and get the yard work done during the heat before the rains set in. What a joy it is to mow and pull weeds! It's a great reminder that we don't live in the Garden of Eden. But, one day, we will be in a place like it! Until that day, we are to be the trees planted near the river. We are to produce fruit, bring the gospel, to feed the world. Our leaves, words and actions, are to bring comfort and healing. Assess yourself. Are you planted firmly near the river, which is Jesus? Are your roots reaching into that water? Are you keeping your grass mowed and the weeds pulled? Fruit trees that are left unkempt don't produce as much fruit. Make sure you are maintaining your garden so you produce large crops!
through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:2