Mango Trees, Falls And God’s Direction

Many many years ago, I went a-holidaying at a maternal aunt’s place. In her compound, was this mango tree, about three stories tall and filled with ripe mango fruits that were “good for food and pleasant to the eyes”.

Of course, I did not need the Serpent of Eden to whisper temptations into my ears before I joined some local boys in scampering up the branches of the tree in pursuit of some fruit.

After I’d climbed to a considerable height, my aunty’s neighbour (her shop was opposite the compound) went off like an alarm, screaming for my aunt to come out and yelling at me to come down from the tree with all alacrity.

I was mortified! Why was she yelling at ONLY me to come down from the tree? There were other boys climbing (I had a reputation to protect, you see), and I felt like I had considerable climbing skills. Besides, what could be so harmful about climbing? Boys did it all the time. And yes, there were juicy mangoes waiting for me to come rescue them from the branches that held them captive. I eventually came down, and filed this experience where my other “not-so-nice” experiences were stored.

Years later, that memory was stirred when a Senior Registrar asked on a ward round, what the commonest tree that children usually fell from was. As I answered “Mango Trees”, I smiled (beneath my mask, thankfully), and it all suddenly made sense; the hulabaloo that attended my climbing the tree, the alarm of my aunty’s neighbour, the haste with which I was brought down from the tree.

Psalm 32:8

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

God’s direction and guidance is a promise He makes to those He calls children. And He keeps this promise, always! Divine direction may not always come in the form or shape we hope it will. In fact, sometimes the instructions we receive may go against what we strongly feel is right, or may come from people we think have no business instructing us.

However, we need to be able to trust God- who knows the past and present in its entirety and sees the future with all clarity- to take Him at His word and just do what He says, knowing that all of His plans for us are good, with no evil at all (Jeremiah 29:11).

God has beautiful plans for you, trust Him. If you are not a Child of God yet, become one, it’s pretty easy (Romans 10:9-10).

Psalm 32:9 (NLT).

Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.

Don’t be that guy 👆.

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