How My Toddler and Blueberries Reminded Me of God’s Love
Introducing some personal moments behind the scenes here at Cord of Three Strands headquarters, (today that is a messy room where it’s undecided if the desk should be used for a computer, a laptop, scrapbooking, bill paying, color crayons, or toddler clothing hangers (facepalm)) to make my blog more personal along with the Bible Study lessons I want to bring you into my home life and share some moments where I feel a lesson is being represented, I learn something new in my personal roles of daily life, or it’s just way too cute or funny not to share with others. Enjoy!
A normal summer night in our current home typically involves us being outside for one reason or another. We have a very cute backyard complete with a play set, large tree that provides shade and a picnic table that we built last year. We also have a fenced in garden area.
Of course my two and a half year old son already knows how to open said gate….
This is our first year in a house and our landlords already have raspberries and blueberries in this garden and in the other spaces we planted tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, onions and green beans. I am hoping to can and freeze some of the products….you may end up hearing a lesson I learned around that time of year too. Haha.
Tonight my son and I were out in the garden and I had picked the raspberries and was sharing them with him and then I went on to pick blueberries. He loves blueberries! As I was picking and keeping them in my hand he decides to try and help as usual which is awesome and fully encouraged in this house (see 10 minutes earlier when he put away all the bocce balls he had strewn around the yard after only being asked once. Yay!).
Anyway, he was trying to help and also serve himself but ended up picking and eating a green unripe blueberry. I saw the color as he popped it in his mouth and said something like “ew, that one’s not quite ready, here I have some that are in my hand”. Which he quickly devoured but then went back to having the green ones…
Obviously, I understand that my son is young and still learning so he is going to be independent and try and fail to do things and that is completely okay. But the image of my hand being full of ripe fruit and that it is there for the taking reminded me of how God willingly offers out his hand full of good fruits to us and yet we sometimes keep eating the “unripe berries” that we pursue ourselves.
Eve in the Garden
Think of Eve in the garden, she had tree upon tree of good fruit at her disposal. And yet she was led to sin by Satan for pursuing fruits (knowledge of good and evil) independently, apart from God. Satan challenged God’s word and led Eve to add to God’s word that if they touched it they would die (God only said they should not eat from the tree Genesis 2:15), as well as led her to partake of the fruit and that led to punishment and their eviction from the garden as many people know.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree in the garden?’ And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die, For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruits and ate. (Genesis 3:1-6a NKJV)
We need to remember to seek the handful of promise and good fruits the Lord has for us, rather than seeking wisdom and good fruits for ourselves in this sinful world. The Lord will provide for us the best fruits.
What About You?
How are you being reminded of God’s love and blessings in your life right now? Are you reaching out for all of the good things he has in store for you, or stubbornly eating your own “berries” so to speak?
Thanks for reading!
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