Recently one of my cousins emailed me this thing about pumpkins and God. Basically it went something like this.
"We are all like pumpkins. God picks us from the patch, brings us in, and washes all the dirt off of us. Then He cuts the top off and scoops out all the yucky stuff in our life. This part can at times be painful as He chisels away using the trials in life. Next, He removes those seeds of doubt, hate, and greed in our life. Then He carves us a new smiling face and puts His light inside of us to shine for all the world to see." What a tremendous illustration of a jack o lantern from a Christian perspective!
With this being fall and the season where the leaves are turning gorgeous shades of red and yellow, many minds turn to decorating in a harvest theme. What better time to relay this story of the Pumpkin. I only wish I knew who to credit it to.
How is your life today? Do you feel like their are lots of 'slimy strings and seeds' inside you that need to get rid of? Maybe these things are keeping Christian Devotions, Inspirationyou from a closer walk with Jesus. Do you shine for Jesus and does your Christianface reflect joy or sorrow?
God can take all the bad stuff in your life and use it for good. When we are in the midst of a trial we certainly do not think of God's goodness. We just want to have relief from our pain. The enemy, Satan, may try to get you to believe God caused your pain.
James 1:3 says "the testing of your faith produces endurance." Friend, would you like to get rid of those 'bad seeds' weighing you down that do not produce a good harvest for God? Cry out to Him today. He is waiting to transform you.
2 Corinthians 5:17 reminds us " yet if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation. Behold the old has come and the new has come."
PRAYER: Lord Jesus it is my desire to bear good fruit for the kingdom of God. If it is necessary, 'carve out' those yucky things in my life that keep me from reflecting your glory. In Jesus name. Amen.