Picking Fruit

Picking Fruit

Strawberries, grapes, bananas….ahhh, the scents of summertime fruits.  Delicious, appealing, inviting!  A scrumptious fruit salad can be so invigorating on a sweltering, summer day.

Just before we are able to bite into that luscious fruit, we have to first pluck the grapes from the vine.  Sometimes the grapes are attached so well to the vine that it requires some pulling to get it loose.

Moving on to the bananas, it requires pulling them apart, one by one.  Sometimes the way it’s pulled causes the peel to be ripped off of the end, exposing the inside of the banana.

Now we’re ready for the strawberries.  Before we can eat them, we have to core out the stem.  I use a special spoon with sharp, jagged edges to cut out the stem.  As I’m doing that, I can usually find a few strawberries that have been bruised.

Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that we are to have fruit in our lives.  We are to have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Just as we have to pick the fruit that we eat in order to enjoy it, we will have times in our lives when our own fruit needs to be picked.  How do we respond when someone starts picking our fruit?  We never know what kind of fruit we have until people start picking it.    How do we act when someone starts ripping and tearing away at our patience?  What is our response when our love is jaggedly ripped to the core?  When we are peeled away, much like a banana peel, and our naked wounds are exposed, do we come up fighting to try and protect ourselves?  When self-control gets pulled, do we lose our joy?  When gentleness gets plucked, do we become unkind?  When we’ve become bruised, do we continue to be faithful in serving God and showing love to others.  When we’ve been torn over an issue, do we forget to walk in goodness?  When others pick our fruit, do we blow our stack and lose our peace?

Who’s picking your fruit?  How does is look, once it’s picked?
© 2004, Stacy R Miller

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