The year James was born, Mom gave me one of the best gifts ever! She went to a local farm to get and can green beans for us. Mom showed us just how good and beautiful things from God's garden could be. "The earth produced vegetation—seed-bearing plants of all varieties and fruit-bearing trees of all sorts. And God saw that His new creation was beautiful and good." (Genesis 1:12 VOICE)
Annalyn was so proud to tell her mother about cutting up the strawberries. (Don't worry. The berries were very ripe, the knife wasn't all that sharp, and we were standing at the sink elbow to elbow.)
After picking and washing the berries I could tell how really different they were. Honestly, the one in the lower left refused to stay and drain on the paper towel. God knew just the lesson my heart needed to hear this morning.
There's been an event recently that I've been struggling to see through the lens of my Christian convictions. And I do mean struggling! With my worn Bible in one hand, and news feed on my phone, I went back and forth trying to make sense of what didn't make sense to me.
Looking at the berries from God's garden, I was reminded of some really important things. First, God created each of us to live in His garden, but He didn't create us all the same. He also knew which ones wouldn't want to stay in the garden, but provided a way back. Lastly, God also knows that pressure can bring out the best in us, and prepare us for the long haul.
"Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours." (Psalm 128:1-2 ERV)