We recently returned from our family vacation that took us into the heart of hot, dry southern BC. The air was hazy with smoke, but the company, family time, and memories made were fantastic. We got to visit with the Crocq side of the family. Chris’ mom and dad spoiled us (as usual). But this time, it was extra delicious.
Before we arrived, they had made a special trip to an orchard owned by a close family friend and brought us a bounty of fruits and vegetables. Chris and I were anticipating the fresh peaches most of all! And they did not disappoint. Thoroughly delicious! (Noah loved the Cantaloupe and Watermelon the most). It reminded me of something…
Have you ever questioned God’s love for you? I know I have. It feels like everything has been a struggle for too long now. And somehow that doesn’t fit with what I believe to be a showing of God’s love. But, there are symbols and expressions of God’s love all around me.
Have you ever eaten a tree ripened Okanagan Peach? The full, intense flavor, the juice running down your chin and arms, there is nothing better. See, evolution doesn’t care what a peach tastes like. But your Father in Heaven does, and He considered this when he created peaches and when he created you. That peach blossomed and grew and ripened and was filled with all it’s goodness because God loves us and created it for us.
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.”
Maybe peaches aren’t your favourite, maybe it is cantaloupe or watermelon or strawberries like Noah. Every time you take a bite, know that it is a symbol of His love for you. When I focus on the things to be thankful for and consider all the small ways that God shows His love for me every day, I am reassured. And I can go forward in faith, knowing that God cares about the small details, like taste and smell and touch. Think of the wonderful smell of baking bread, or right after a rain storm. Think about the sound of your children laughing, or the touch of that special warm fuzzy blanket just out of the dryer. God considered all these things, because of His love for you. They are gifts and symbols and real expressions of that love.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good –
happy are those who trust in him.” Psalm 34:8