For 3 years my green peppers didn’t do well. They would grow but would not produce fruit. I like green peppers. It was frustrating year after year watching them grow but not produce fruit. This past year i added different soil and added soil from my compost. This year we had great green peppers. Something was wrong with my soil. Walking with Christ, sometimes we are growing but not producing fruit or someone may trample a seed before it gets going (another story). In spiritual direction, we have the opportunity to ask the questions about why we are not growing or changing. Sometimes we have to test the soil or check out the water, in spiritual direction we ask questions concerning our study of the Word, what questions are we asking the Spirit to help us understand? What is the nature and status of our relationships? Where are being challenged to live in obedience? What are those tensions between our spiritual lives and life of the world? How have we been deceived by wealth? What are the thorns in our life?