To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Life Lessons in the Bounty of Blueberries

We went blueberry picking yesterday. I couldn't get over how much fruit was on those bushes. My friend remarked on how much truth there is in the Biblical principle of pruning. (Isn't it funny how so often we know something to be true but then when we see the concept in a tangible physical way it blows our little finite minds?) Her husband had really pruned the bushes back and consequently they are harvesting gobs and gobs of blueberries.
Why are we so afraid of this spiritual process in our lives?
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11
And in true Biblical fashion they are not the only ones to reap the benefits of what they'd sown. A simple phone call and now that summer goodness has blessed our Sabbath meal table. And, as of this morning it also blessed many others because it was part of the goodness we shared in our weekly meal after our worship service.
Here is a small confession...this was the first time I had seen blueberries in anything other than that little plastic container thingy they come in at the grocery store. I was surprised at how absolutely beautiful they are growing in little clusters. But you have to be careful when picking blueberries I found. That small cluster is going to have some that are perfectly mature...a rich deep bluish purple. But right beside it are some that are still sort of a tangy red color. And then in the mix you'll find some that are still an immature shiny new green.
Can you see the spiritual picture drawn here? How like the Church that is? How mature believers are right there with the the not so mature and the brand new? How through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Hebrews 13:15
Aren't you just amazed at how He is everywhere? In everything? And how He doesn't hide from us...but allows us to taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8a
God in the ordinary. Even in blueberry picking.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful images -- photographs and spiritual.