The Mandarin Tree

The Mandarin Tree, it has grown in leaps and in bounds, with greener foliage and maybe one day soon it would taller than me – already it is around four feet tall and I’m just five feet. There’s been talk that perhaps the tree will be uprooted. But it’s has survived this long. It’s maybe a year and a couple of months old. My father planted it before he went Home to God. When he planted it, he did say, that one day we can have Mandarins from our own garden. He was fond of the Mandarin. It is his Mandarin Tree. The one he was not too sure would break above the soil but planted nevertheless because he loves the Mandarin fruit. Sometimes we don’t know how certain things might turn out, but in faith we need to take the risk and plant that seed anyway, and water it down with hope and trust. Stephen Covey teaches us to begin with the end in mind and so does Jesus. What we put in the soil will one day bear fruit in season and for certain. That is the substance of our faith. My father planted a seed even though he did not know of the end result, he did not see what my eyes see, from a wee plant it is almost up to my shoulder. The Mandarin Seed has broken out into a Tree and stands proud and green and one day it will bear fruit because my father planted it with hope and we will savor the fruit of his faith.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

The Mandarin Tree

Rishani Sittampalam

Bamabalapitya, Sri Lanka

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