By: Pastor Nicole VanGelder The other morning, my daughters and I enjoyed some fresh raspberries picked right from our yard. What made this yummy treat remarkable is the fact that we no longer have raspberry bushes in our yard. We got rid of them. You see, several years ago we had taken some plants from my parents’ yard and transplanted them into ours. However, they never took. They didn’t really grow and we never got any raspberries from them. Finally, we decided to get rid of them. So we did. That was years ago. Then, suddenly, we have two plants. Not just two plants, but two plants that bear fruit! What a fun (and yummy) surprise!
As I was eating them, I thought about my life. As much as I have to be thankful for, there are some promises over my life that haven’t seemed to bear any fruit. I have questions that linger in my heart. I’ve learned to trust the Lord even–no especially–when I don’t understand. I know that faith is about choosing to behave based on what you believe rather than what you see. And, I know that though belief invites heaven to earth, there are things that won’t be finished or fully seen this side of eternity.
Yet, as I was eating those raspberries I wondered: What things are there in my life that will someday surprise me with fruit? What promises have I given up on, that the Lord hasn’t? God is so good. He doesn’t forget. He doesn’t say things that He doesn’t fulfill. When He speaks, things happen. Always. But, He is not on the same time table as we are. He is much more patient. He sees the end from the beginning. What seems to be disaster here on earth is often simply an invitation for Him to do something unexpected.
He is always good. His promises are always true. So, if you have questions lingering in your heart, I hope this gives you hope! You never know when fresh raspberries will appear. :)
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