The bud is so small.
So much so that it can be rather difficult to see.
From the bud comes the flower; from the flower comes the beginning of fruit.
Of course this varies regarding the fruit, tree and the fruit it is bearing. However, there is always a process. It is the process that takes time, and often with a good amount of work happening before the evidence is seen and then able to be experienced.
The visual that I had and that I am speaking of is a fruit that is not one that I like, yet I can still learn from the process it has displayed before me.
I speak of the fruit, Mango.
Many enjoy this fruit; I am not one of them. But I am thankful for the tree! It brings great covering and I happen to like the display it brings throughout the seasons.
As a family we have recently been blessed with a well-established mango tree in our yard that I get to view each and every morning. Over the past weeks I have witnessed the process of the fruit this tree will produce in abundance over the coming summer season.
The leaves are a deep green in colour and have several on each branch. From these have come bunches of small buds that formed into flowers. They are now beginning to grow fruit. The flowers had to give way to the buds to allow the strength and nutrition for growth of the fruit. Thus our ground was covered in the array of fallen flowers, yet another aspect of the process of the fruit being delivered to us.
Within a week or so of the flowers disappearing there were signs of fruit. Watching the fruit grow and the tree doing as it was created to do has been for me a great encouragement.
Then the noise began!
I was not the only one who was aware of the fruit. The sounds of a large number of fruit bats began to be heard in the distance, clearly they have the attributes to know where food is, and in my yard and the ones surrounding is where it is.
What are the ways to avoid their invasion? How have the neighbors dealt with this over the years? Observation was required as, although I am not interested in eating the fruit, I am also not happy for bats to enjoy it. There are many other complications that come from this and besides I wanted to continue to enjoy witnessing the process of the fruiting.
The neighbors have outdoor lights on when they hear the bats arriving, which is just on dusk. The light is enough to deter the bats and keep the fruit safe.
The fruit is a result of the tree and what it was designed to do, yet the attraction to it was not limited to just what we could see and the progression to eating at the right time. The fruit was evident to others as well.
How does this relate to me?
The fruit that I display is evident to others even though I may not be aware of that. And the fruit is more evident as it grows; yet this is a result of the roots in my life tapping into where I need to be.
Obtaining all that I need to grow in life from the right place, ensuring I am in receipt of the best conditions is important in order to obtain the desired result; the production of the right fruit! With this the light will shine on where it needs to for protection.
Although I do not enjoy this fruit, I say thank you Mangos!