The Lessons of The Purple Mulberry Tree

on May 20, 2015
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The Lesson of The Purple Mulberry Tree

Welcome to our first post in Positively Thoughtful. This is a new category for The Farmer’s Lamp. While it will not be our main posting category, we will, from time to time, share inspirational lessons, thoughts, audios, whatever we feel would be beneficial to you our readers. We’re excited to continue to grow with you.

2 Samuel 5:23 And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.

24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.

We find this same incident recorded again in 1 Chronicles 14:14-15

On a Thursday morning I was telling my husband I wanted to get purple mulberry trees next year for the fruit orchard. I shared some stories with him about the one outside my grandmother’s kitchen window. About making mulberry wine, jelly, eating them, having berry fights with my cousins, and of course how the livestock loved them.

Saturday, I went out to the chicken yard to repair the fence where something had tried to get into one of the breeding yards. After I did that I was going to go in and check her watering cup, but decided to look at it from inside the big yard. I went in and was removing some limbs from the wire and netting over the rooster yard and her yard. I had to move the limbs of a tree that seemed to spring up out of no where. I said – out loud – “I keep intending to cut that bush down and just keep forgetting, I’ve got to do that.”

I reached up to move the limb out of my way and what do think happened? I saw something hanging from the tree. I pulled it down to me and it was fruit. I was standing under a purple mulberry tree! I was shocked and then was keenly aware of the presence of my Father and His tender watchful care of me. The Holy Spirit seemed to whisper to my heart, “It’s fruiting season. The timing is almost here. Take Courage.” This is significant to me because we have been in a “valley” for what seems to us ages. We are often discouraged and feel the stress of such a dry, trying place. We have an inkling of what Moses felt like during his 40 years keeping sheep in the wilderness.

Mulberry TreeOf course I wept and wept, with a humbled and grateful heart. I realized there was fruit in all stages of development on that tree. As the days went on and I continued to mull it over (no pun intended), I began to think about what that mulberry tree was teaching me. You see, since it was a little bitty thing, I had continually intended to cut it down. I often went into the yard to cut things down including this “junk tree”, but just “somehow” I never made it there. It is in the very back corner behind a huge oak. We have no other mulberry trees on our farm and we are in the middle of 110 acres so it’s not like it jumped the neighbor’s fence. It was just a bush, it seems, up until the day I noticed it was a tree bearing fruit. It just seemed to suddenly jump up.Fruit RipeningThat’s how it is in our lives. We forget we are spiritual beings, in an unseen spiritual battle. We forget to look on Jesus and trust His sufficiency, to realize the truth of daily living in Him, He in the Father, He in us. This forgetfulness blinds us to seeing some things right in front of us. Sometimes, He blinds us to things until His timing and purposes are fulfilled and our eyes are opened. I’m thankful for what He allows me to see and know and for what He keeps me from seeing and knowing. Why you ask? Because I’ve learned that He knows best and His Word tells us that we are responsible for what we know. If He protects me from knowing something, then I’m just fine with that.

Often something or someone enters our lives that we don’t want; we don’t think we need; or we think is worthless (like I felt about that tree). Then, that thing turns out to be the very thing we want and need. It seems to us God isn’t working in our lives, or that nothing is happening then “Suddenly” the timing of God comes around and we see that all along things were in place waiting for us to arrive at a specific point in time. We were being pruned, strengthened, and prepared by the Holy Spirit for the “fruiting season”.

In the Bible, the word “suddenly” is used many times to denote the timing of God in the life of someone. All that means is the veil is lifted from our hearts and minds and now we can see the result of the working of The Holy Spirit, by the power of Jesus, for the glory of God the Father. As God is eternal, dwelling in all points of time, not bound as we are, nothing occurs to Him; He never rushes, or has to get things done, it’s just our finite perception that causes His work to appear that way to us.

I don’t believe I’ve realized all the lessons I’m being taught from this tree yet, but I know He will continue to teach me, as He always has. So I do feel encouraged, that doesn’t mean I don’t face the reality, or feel the pressure of our circumstance, or long for things to change, but I know that a loving, just, merciful Father is directing and controlling everything. His will and work cannot be altered or stopped by anyone, not even me. 🙂

How do I know? Because HE somehow planted a purple mulberry tree in a corner of my chicken yard; in a spot where HE knew I would be standing on a day when HE knew I would be in pain of spirit; HE kept me from cutting it down many times; He put ripe fruit on it on the day I was there; HE had prepared my heart to receive the message and HE knew that I would have just told my wonderful husband that “One day, I want to plant a purple mulberry tree just like my grandmother had outside her kitchen window;” HE knew that by those words I was seeking comfort, warmth of love, and a place of belonging and purpose as I had when I was a child under her purple mulberry tree.

Safe and Happy Journey,



Ripe Fruit

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  • Tammy Trayer

    Rhonda, I LOVE this post!! This is so true of so many of us in varying ways in our life. I totally feel the same way you do, in that God is preparing us always for something – he knows what we need and when we need it. I also LOVE how God uses his beauty around us to teach us things and nurture us! When we fully put our trust in him, he does beyond amazing things and will show us so much more! I see things on my homestead and warmed knowing he is close and working too!

    Thanks for sharing this and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE for you to share this on Sunday for my Simple Life Sunday!

    You brought back fond memories for me of my time on our farm growing up and I thank you for that too… God does know what we need, what will nurture us and warm our hearts and for me that is also the special friend’s that surround me!!

    Blessings lovely friend,

    May 20, 2015 at 9:27 am Reply
    • Rhonda

      Thank you so much, Tam, for your kind words, encouragement, and support. I’m thankful to be counted among those special friends in your life. You are a blessing to my life. I’m glad that I was able to remind you of happy times. We are blessed to have them. I will be there on Sunday, first thing! 🙂

      May 20, 2015 at 11:29 am Reply
  • Lady Locust

    What a great post & yes all so true. Also, whatever troubles your heart, I hope will soon subside and be replaced with peace and joy.

    May 20, 2015 at 5:10 pm Reply
    • Rhonda

      I’m so glad you stopped to share your enjoyment of the post. I appreciate you good wishes. It has been a 9 year valley and we are tired, but He is faithful. I believe the mulberry tree is to let me know to hold on, it’s almost over. Either way I’m certainly encouraged. Thanks again.

      May 20, 2015 at 5:40 pm Reply
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  • Laurie

    Oh thank you so much for sharing this. It reminds me that even in the valley God is good! Often times we forget to pause and listen for that still small voice. Praying for God to bring you peace in your valley and show you His path for you to follow.

    April 18, 2016 at 6:48 pm Reply
    • Rhonda Crank

      Laurie, Thank you for taking the time to share your encouraging words with me. I appreciate your prayers and I am remembering you before the throne.

      April 20, 2016 at 1:02 pm Reply

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