Walking briskly, I stopped abruptly to stare at a lone tree. Not a thing unusual about it-not distinctly beautiful or breathtaking.

Passing it by for years, I had never noticed it before. However, this day there was something different about it.  It must have been the way the sun was shining on it.

Curious, I crossed the road to inspect it. It had berries! And as I got closer, I could see their powdery blue prolific little orbs.

I stared, contemplating. What kind of a tree produces this blue fruit? I wondered what value there is in its fruit. I believe everything created by God serves some purpose.

There the tree stands; doing what it was created best to do. Given life and light, it stands alone. It just is. Facing each storm that lambastes it. Growing stronger. Straighter. Enduring. Year after year.

Not attracting much attention. Unnoticed by the casual observer, it seems apparently not good for much. Yet in season and when the time is ripe, it produces the fruit that it was meant to produce.

The Lord…will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.” Isaiah 51:3

How very much like Heavenly Father’s children.

Have you ever found yourself feeling totally alone? Like that lone tree. What was your wilderness? A widower? Are you a single mom?  Grieving orphan? A virtuous teen making choices that alienate you from the vast majority? Terminal illness?  A student?

Or ‘other’, presently? The rest of the world races by unaware of you.  You may linger in your wilderness 30 days, a year, 40 years, or for a night.

“God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.” Deuteronomy 8:2

I don’t know about you; however I do not have a desire to experience the wilderness. But you know, sometimes we don’t have a choice. If we don’t choose the wilderness, it may be brought to us. Then it may be that we must stand in the Light, face the storms and strive to grow stronger.  And straighter.

Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it…ye shall know them by their fruits…every good tree bringeth forth good fruit…by their fruits ye shall know them” Matthew 7:14-20

Numerous souls have spent time in the wilderness. Think of those people you admire and long to understand, know or emulate. Among these, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, the prophet Joseph Smith, and not least, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Each was familiar with the feeling of being alone. Each stepped out of pace apart from the rest of the world.

“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness” Matthew 4:1

Each stood alone and is now known to us because she/he produced the fruit that served and blessed countless lives. Some temporally. Some spiritually. ONE eternally. Each learned their life’s purpose or mission and served her/his brothers and sisters as best they could-at home, in the community, abroad or universally.

By the way, superior to any other person, Jesus Christ still stands-at the right hand of our Father in heaven. Countless pay Him no mind at all. Millions upon millions pass Him by year after year never heeding His direction and not at all interested in seeking His truths.

“There shall be no other name  given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.” Mosiah 3:17

To the casual observer He may not be recognized for Who He is. Today, resurrected and alive, He continues to serve and work in our behalf. He leads His true church in these latter days.

The power of His atoning sacrifice continues to bear fruit in obvious ways. Yet in season and when the time is ripe, He promises to produce and will bear fruit in ways that we cannot yet comprehend or imagine.

Have you found yourself feeling totally alone? What is the fruit you are meant to bear?