Last year, when the tiny red fruits came out, we discovered that some of them had some kind of little bites, not sure if it was a squirrel or the birds who loved the taste [wahhhhh...before I got to taste!]. I won't let them do that to me, I thought to myself. So, I researched online and saw that if we put some kind of reflective ribbons that would move a lot when winds blew, it might sort of scare them. So, that's what my hubby did. And the other remaining fruits seemed to be spared from whatever was eating them [hurrahhhhh!]. You can still see one reflective ribbon remaining:
Spiritually speaking, we are like that "cherry tree". We will only yield "sweet fruits" if our roots are rooted deeply in God's love. Sometimes, some of us are being eaten or snatched away by our spiritual enemies [John 10:10- Jesus said, "The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness"]. We need that reflective light [God is light] to help us prevent the enemies from pulling us away from our good Lord [Ephesians 5:1 -"Follow God's example in everything you do, because you are His dear children." ; Ephesians 6:10,11 - "Be strong with the Lord's mighty power. Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil."].
Let me end this post with Paul's prayers from Ephesians 3:16-19:
"I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will give you mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God." -Life Application Bible.