Flowers or Fruit
“They that dwell under His shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn and blossom as the vine.”
“Whoever gave much thought to the vine-blossom! It is in fact one of the shortest-lived of flowers, scarcely noticed before it is gone and has already turned to fruit. In nature, we may recognize three types of plants: those which flower but bear no fruit at all; those, such as the peach, which are remarkable both for their blossom and for their fruit; and those like the vine, whose blossoms are of small account, and which men prize only for their fruit. Evidently, God places here a high valuation on the last of these.
How tempted we are to display what is impressive to men, a blossom to be admired! But the father has set us as branches in the Vine. There, what He seeks above all is fruit-bearing.”
SEE: Sowing and Reaping