Saint John was a desert father who was known for his obedience. The most famous story about his obedience is that one day Saint Pambo, his superior, gave Abba John a piece of dry wood and ordered him to plant and water it. John obeyed and went on watering it twice a day even though the water was about 12 miles from where they lived. After three years, the piece of wood sprouted and grew into a fruitful tree. Pambo took some of this tree's fruits and went around to all the elder monks, saying "Take, eat from the fruit of obedience". The tree of Saint John the Dwarf, known as the Tree of Obedience, still exists today in the deserted Monastery of Saint John the Dwarf in the Nitrian Desert.
Sometimes we may feel as if God does not have a plan for our lives. We may even be watering and going to prayer, yet nothing blossoms. Nothing blooms. May we have the courage to imitate St. John today and be obedient with watering our dry planked hearts. May you be faithful to the little things even if it’s challenging, hot, and without fruit. The best things take time to grow, they take time to bloom, they take time to become.