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The Tomato Plant
by Dottie McElreath

Do you remember when Isaac was meditating in the fields when his new wife, Rebekah, arrived? Genesis 24:62-67 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country. {63} And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. {64} And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. {65} For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a veil, and covered herself. {66} And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. {67} And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death. Did you ever wonder what great mysteries were revealed to him at that time? I've wanted to know, but I've never asked. Am I going to reveal a great mystery to you? No, but I'm going to reveal to you what the LORD revealed to me.

I was plowing in my garden and looking at my new tomato plants and hoping to beat the rain to get new seeds in the ground. As I passed by the tomato plants, God began my lesson:

Do you know why the tomato plant needs water, then sun, and then nutrients? Do you know why the weather in the spring is cool, why summers are hot why autumn is harvest?

"No, LORD, I don't," I answered. "You designed it that way."

Water on the seed softens the coat and the sun coaxes it out of its shell, then, after it gets its true leaves, a little nutrient help it to grow faster. As dry weather arrives, the roots go deeper after moisture and nutrients and every rain make the leaves rise up and it grows a little more. After a time, it bears fruit and then comes the harvest.

My children are watered by the word and the anointing or my love for them coaxes them out of their self-imposed isolation. Then, they discover the talents I've given them to serve me with, their true leaves. Then, they're ready for the meat of the word, the fertilizer to make them grow right.

If the seed is dropped and the word is not there to water it, it will die. If the sun, or my love, isn't brought to them they won't come out of their life to discover my life and if they have an overzealous preacher or teacher, it can destroy all my work as if you put too much fertilizer and burned up those little plants. All things come together in the right amounts to grow this plant just like it did to make you what you are.

The fruit is producing when you manifest my Spirit and the harvest is gathered in when you produce seed after your kind and it's your responsibility to oversee all these tomato plants and all the souls I have put into your care and all the ministers who are called by my name have this same responsibility. Don't kill my babies through careless words and be careful what you sow, for so shall you reap.

I needed this because I often wondered why I had such a thirst for the anointing and I questioned God as to why I couldn't stay in it all the time and now I know, my roots would not grow deep if I could easily get all the water or anointing I wanted. The seeking after God is what makes us strong in Him. I asked God for a message for this month's newsletter and he kept showing me my little tomato plants, so you must need this too.

When the seed is sown in our hearts, there is no peace except when we are around God's people and then, a thirst is born for more and more and more of Him. In our thirst our roots become grounded on a firm foundation that is Jesus Christ, the Anointed One. When the storms of life come and the winds of change blow He allows just enough to make us stronger. What would defeat others, only makes us dig in deeper. He is the Master Gardener and we are workers in His vineyard with a vested interest in the harvest. As such, we all have a common goal and a common spirit dwelling within. If I sow the seed, another waters and another fertilizes and vice versa, but, God controls the amount if we stay in his will.

If we teach what we think or believe, we are in a sense watering with bad water and we can kill or stunt the growth of the babies we are entrusted with. Therefore, we must stay holy before the LORD and we need to encourage the ones who watered us and take extra care with our plants and to God give the increase. I sincerely hope this helps you as much as it has me. I know I, by myself, can grow nothing; but all of us together, with God, can bring the harvest in. Come on brothers and sisters; I'm pulling on you now. Stand up and be counted!

I praise God for you and my prayers are with you. Many loved ones are out there and give God the glory when you see the changes that he is bringing in their lives. Rejoice in their growing without reservation because he will bless you too and is blessing you in ways you know not of.

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