Loss of Joy (Fruitlessness) – Green

Posted on: March 12, 2010

This photo doesn’t really illustrate the theme of this post – which is lack of fruit, when we were hoping for fruit.  But perhaps it does convey that disappointment indirectly – ie the disappointment you feel when you are looking for something, and it isn’t there.  Ie this geranium leaf would look nicer (I feel) with a bright flower beside it – but instead there is just the green of the leaf, and the drops resting on it after a shower.

The theme of these posts is poignancy and loss, and perhaps there’s no more wearing loss than the continual ‘drip, drip’ of fruitlessness.  A childless couple who never experience conception.  The promotion that never happens, or the finances that never get sorted.  Hopes dwindling and the spark of life threatening to die completely.

I won’t speak from experience about hope rising in the midst of darkness.  I don’t have a particularly powerful testimony about that happening.  But I would say that thankfulness has proved a very helpful antidote to feelings of uselessness and futility.  I picture it as like an umbrella, covering me and protecting me from the dark rain of envy, despair, bitterness and fear.  I was encouraged, yesterday, reading from Psalm 65, where it says in the Amplified version, ‘the hills gird themselves with joy’.  Often we cannot do anything to produce the fruit we desire, but we can choose to ‘gird ourselves’ with joy and thankfulness.


2 Responses to "Loss of Joy (Fruitlessness) – Green"

I enjoyed reading this post, it provided a much-needed comfort during a rather tough winter to deal with. The photo is lovely as well – love the shallow depth of field and the droplets on the leaf -small signs of spring (hope).

‘Shallow depth of field’ – does that mean, the photo was taken in close-up? Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  • Carole: Beautiful!
  • Amy: Sounds like a beautiful color and dress. And I would love to see a picture of that tree! I do love trees of all kinds, and you make some great points
  • Amy: What a beautiful poem or song to God, love it! We're exciting to see spring here up in the northeast after a long, cold, snowy winter! Blessings, A


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