There’s no fruit without the rain

Posted on May 18, 2011 by Jeff

It’s been a wonderful stretch of 4 sunny days in a row. FOUR!

I don’t complain about the weather much. Complaining about the weather seems to be a pretty silly endeavor because you can’t do anything about it. If you don’t like your shirt, you can go get a new one. If you don’t like your hair, you can cut it. If you don’t like your kids, you can hire a sitter. If you don’t like the weather… you can stay inside, or move somewhere else that is full of people who will complain about the weather during a different part of the year.

That being said, the weather really has sucked this spring in Minnesota. And I fully believe that after a week of nice weather, we’ll all realize how crabby this winter/spring weather has made us all and we’ll all apologize for our collective weather induced crabbiness.

Actually, first we’ll inundate Facebook with status updates that are weather related, foolishly thinking “THIS is what everyone wants to hear!” and THEN we’ll realize how crabby the sucky weather has made us this spring. And we may even remember that all that rain is what turns everything green. And green is nice.

The Kerr’s are enjoying this spring (not the weather). We love this new journey that we’re on and we’ve actually been really busy for the past 6 weeks. A couple of highlights:

Kristie oversaw the creative elements and service production for the Minnesota District ‘Bridging the Gap’ women’s conference. She was also the worship leader, the emcee and a breakout session speaker.

I know how hard it is to be an up front person at a conference, thinking ahead to what you’ll be saying, singing and all the pressure that goes in to that. I also know what it’s like to be a behind the scenes person, thinking about every detail and communicating that to a list of people. Both of those are very difficult to do. BUT… doing both at the same time is something I’ve never seen done, and Kristie did it exceedingly well.

I’ve been a part of leading worship at Valley Creek Church in Woodbury a couple times a month with Pastor Trent and Melinda Redmann. God has great things in store for Valley Creek Church. I’m enjoying getting to know the people there.

We spent Mother’s Day weekend at Evangel Church in Kansas City with Pastor Jason and Jill St John. We worked with their staff during the week and then were a part of their Sunday service leading worship and Kristie preached a great Mother’s day message. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Evangel is a diverse church, culturally, but more so generationally. I was struck by the unity in this church. At no point did it feel like there was stuff geared toward the young and then stuff geared toward the old. It was simply a church full of people that were united around the calling to be God’s hands and feet. It was the most diverse and yet unified church I’ve seen in a long time.

This past weekend, Kristie spoke at the Women’s Retreat for Community of Hope Church. She has been doing a lot of speaking recently and I could not be more proud of her. She’s probably written a dozen sermons/messages in the past month and delivered those messages very well. You know those speakers that come and speak at your church and you get the feeling that they’ve preached this same message for about a year and a half? Kristie isn’t one of those.

And one more thing about Kristie’s awesome-ness: Her latest book/bible study has arrived from the printer. The book is called “The Search for Me”. It’s geared towards women in their journey toward finding their identity in Christ. It can be used for group Bible study curriculum or individual reading. You can order one or a bunch at Kristiekerr.com.

“So Jeff… Kristie is speaking, teaching, writing, singing, organizing all these things… what exactly are YOU doing?”

That is an excellent question.

I did order helium tanks and I cleaned and re organized the kids play-room yesterday, that’s not nothing. And while Kristie is doing her thing, somebody’s gotta grill the steaks.

This continues to be a faith-stretching season for us, but we’re really enjoying what we’re doing and we are thrilled to see some of the things that God spoke to us begin to take shape. Today I was reading Isaiah 55. Isaiah 55 has a couple of main thoughts. The first being this, “Why are you spending so much time searching for life and sustenance in things that have no capacity to sustain you and give you life?”

God’s answer is this, “Listen to Me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. Come to Me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make and everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all unfailing love.” (verse 2-3)

The second thought is this: God is at work, He is unfolding his plans and although we may not see or understand all his thoughts and plans for us, He is still working and accomplishing those plans.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts’ says the Lord. “And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” (verse 8)

“The rain comes down from the heavens (It also mentions snow here, but I’m leaving that out in light of the high level of weather crabbiness out there) and stays on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with My word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all that I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” (verse 10-11)

I recognize that a season of total faith and trust can feel like a cold rainy day at times. There is always uncertainty in regard to finances, direction and a slew of other things. But this is a season of preparation and we will soon see all the fruit begin to sprout up – Fruit that wouldn’t be there without the rain.

We were meeting with a Pastor on Thursday talking about this journey we’re on. He was remembering a very similar season that he went through with his family and said “man, I wish every person could go through a season like that. There’s just so much that God teaches you in a season like that.”

I think it’s easy for those who’ve been Christians for a long time to forget about the essential promises of God. He wants to direct us, provide for us and accomplish His will in us. After a while, those basic promises can fade in our minds a bit, but a season of life like this brings all of those into the forefront causing us to contemplate if we really do believe all those promises.

What is God speaking to you? His word always bears fruit.

Always.