Cheery Tomatoes

sad vines

Sad Vines

I can’t exactly call them cherry tomatoes, although they are of that variety. Trouble is, cherries are red.
But these are cheer, personified. I planted them beside my front porch because they would be yellow and everything in the front of our house is yellow, from the roses, to the foundation plantings.
happy fruit
Happy Fruits

As you can see, the vines have become bedraggled, as is normal for all annual type plants in fall. What you cannot see is how much better they look than they did even a week ago. I mourned all the promising green fruits because I thought they were dying. Maybe they were.

But they did not give up. They eventually received some rain and the temps are so much milder, now, these poor South American natives can finally breathe and reproduce! Like the “Little Engine That Could” they thought they could until they did.
I love how the most hope-giving mottos of life are from the Bible: “Do not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season, ye shall reap, if ye faint not.” (Galatians 6:9)
How many times have I held on because of those words! How many times have I not wanted to forgive, but did, anyway. How many times have I feared, but followed through; have I reached out, tended to, lent a hand, smiled, listened, when I really wanted to go my own way.
How many times have I offered to help and been handed something too hard, something I then had to learn how to do, because, after all, I offered? And then I learned more than I knew was possible for me to grasp. And my life became richer. And my thanksgiving became more sincere. And my love became deeper.
Let’s keep on keeping on. Let’s not give up. Let’s “faint not”.

4 thoughts on “Cheery Tomatoes

  1. Kate Kresse says:

    Sigh….it gives me such peace to see that verse again, especially “for in due season, ye shall reap, if ye faint not.” He doesn’t tell us WHEN we shall reap. But He promises that we SHALL reap. In our humanness we want to know when the difficulty will end. We say “if I could just know now how long I will have to endure this, then I could take it”. but that is the wrong way to go about it. It is short-sighted. We must instead know in our hearts that as long as it lasts He will be by our side. God will gently guide us and teach us if we listen. Our eternal glory awaits us. So yes we must keep on keeping on. We must run the race. Thanks for the post!

    • katharinetrauger says:

      Wow. Thanks for this, Kate! They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength! I have learned that we CAN know what to do while we wait, though. For me, anyway, when I don’t know what on EARTH God is trying to do, I usually can figure out what His enemy would like to do, and I can fight that. That, at least, gives me direction. So, when I don’t know what direction God wants me to take, now that I have an empty nest, I CAN know how the enemy would like to fill up my days with time wasting, and I CAN redouble my efforts to be industrious and organized, in a simple effort to fight back. See? It is wonderful how a line or two from the Word of God, which is living and active, can bring life, can act upon us. I love it. Glad you were blessed.

    • katharinetrauger says:

      My yellows did well. Other reds that I did not photograph, have lasted in zone 7/8 on a south wall until mid December. This year I tried Russian blacks. Not so happy. But an armadillo dug up lots of that one. 😐
      Have fun!

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