Dragonspell and The Dragons of Chirill by Donita K. Paul are filled with delightful characters and wisdom. What struck me was this passage in Dragonspell:
Between the edge of Kale’s pallet and the man’s crossed ankles, a plant sprouted out of the wooden floor.
“An apple tree, Kale,” said Paladin. “Pick an apple for me.”
She looked at the seedling and up at the man teaching her. She shook her head. “It won’t bear fruit for years.”
He nodded. “After it has struggled to put down roots, borne the stretching of growth, enjoyed sun and rain.”
She glanced up to see the shadowy presence of an apple orchard surroundign them in the fog. Red apples burdened each branch of each tree.
Paladin surveyed the fruit with a pleased smile.
“These trees are mature and bearing a healthy crop.” He pointed to the infant plant between them. “Because the others are ready, should we place an apple on this one?”
People are at different places of their walk with Christ. We each have different gifts for different purposes and God is training us to use them for His purpose. It took me a long time to get here with the influence of wiser people guiding me a long the way. Like Paladin said in Dragonspell, “After it (I) has struggled to put down roots, borne the stretching of growth, enjoyed sun and rain,” only then will faith bear fruit.
Do you think a Christian ever stops learning?