Become As Little Children

While visiting in the mountains, we passed by a newly planted apple orchard where a fully matured orchard had once occupied. I was struck by the fact that, although the young trees were literally mere sticks, they were full of blooms—a promising sign that they would bear fruit. It occurred to me that the young orchard was a spiritual picture of some biblical truths:

Research demonstrates that learning and personality-shaping mostly takes place in the first 5-7 years of life: Children are fertile soil for the kind of teaching of Deuteronomy 6:6-7; then, according to Proverbs 22:6, the child will likely live by that biblical teaching as an adult. The seedling orchard is a sweet picture of the willing heart of a child…ready and eager to bear good fruit—their humble hearts prepare them to inherit the Kingdom. If children are planted in good soil—a God-serving home—they will successfully begin the lifelong process of maturation (sanctification); they will walk in God’s ways. Likewise, despite the fact that some of us may not have been trained in the loving ways of the Lord; we can nevertheless humble ourselves and become teachable like a child: eager to love the Father and bear good fruit.