Blueberries and Birds

I have really been enjoying eating so many fresh vegetables lately and the fruit trees are doing well, too.  With the cold snap that we had right at the time that everything was blooming, I thought I wouldn’t have much in the way of blueberries, but those bushes have done extremely well anyway.  In spite of the adversity faced, there was still much fruit produced.  While spending the time it takes to pick off those berries, I’ve noticed this little bird which has set up residence close by and every time I start picking, that bird starts churning out a perpetual chirp as if to try to get me to quit picking and go inside again.  Even my faithful outside companion, Buddy, can only sit for a small amount of time while I’m doing my work before he has had enough and has started barking at the bird as though he could actually fly up there and do something about the annoyance. 

I skipped a few days on picking berries because of being busy recently and when I went out in the evening to try to catch up, there were a lot of berries with peck marks on them.  That same bird, and probably some friends, was taking advantage of my delay.  The berries weren’t eaten to any appreciable degree, but just pecked on enough to spoil the fruit.  It is apparent that those birds know when the fruit is ripe just as well as I know when it is ripe.  I stayed out there until I filled up my bowl and was able to save as many as possible from the birds.

In Matthew 21 and Luke 20, Jesus’ parable of the vinedressers is recorded.  It is clear that the fruit mentioned in the Bible is something that not only God wants to harvest, but Satan wants to harvest it as well.  When the fruit is ready to pick, but this does not occur because of various delays, it is open season for the birds to start circling and then attempt to devour or ruin the ripe fruit.  It is no coincidence that in John 20:15, Mary Magdalene thought that the risen Jesus Christ was the gardener.  We were put here to tend to a garden in the beginning and we are still being taught to be better gardeners by the Master Gardener.  “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord.  See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain” (James 5:7).  “Then He said to them, ‘The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves’” (Luke 10:2-3).  As is recorded many places in the Bible, “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Picking blueberries can teach you a lot.  Besides that, it is nice to be able to partake of something that doesn’t just taste good, but is good for you also.  They contain the highest amount among fruit for antioxidants, and one cup of them has almost one-fourth of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin C and fourteen percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber.  If you don’t have someone providing you with some of those wonderful berries in June and July of each year, go get yourself some potted ones and grow them in your own yard.  The bushes grow just about anywhere around here and as much as they are now costing in the grocery store, it is well worth it.  When those bushes get mature enough to produce fruit, you can have something healthy to eat and also learn something from the Creator while working on them.

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Being an Abram, or a Lot?

Just as Abram and Lot had to decide where they would live and bring up their families, so it goes with all the families who will have to decide where they will raise their children.  In the years ahead, it will become more and more of a contrast between the states of the United States where homosexual “marriage” is legal or not.  Those states in which it is illegal and not accepted provide a more family friendly environment that honors God through recognition of Biblical marriage.  The states where homosexuals can now “marry” have become places in which marriage has lost its meaning in relation to the Bible. 

God will not bless decisions to dwell where there is an allowance for homosexual “marriage” any more than He did the decision of Lot to dwell in Sodom.  When Lot saw the land of Sodom, he saw a land that is described in Genesis as “well watered everywhere (before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar” (Genesis 13:10).  The description of the land Lot saw could be used to describe California and many other areas of our beautiful country.  Lot looked only at what he thought would provide him and his family with material abundance and did not consider how living in that land would affect his family spiritually.  Abram walked by faith, while Lot walked by sight.  Lot’s choice revealed his heart was already astray and then he willfully allowed his family to be led astray in a land that refused to honor God.  Now that California is full of many who are celebrating men having sexual relations with men, and women having sexual relations with women, maybe they should change the state’s name to Sodofornia.

In the years ahead, I believe that there will be an exodus of God-honoring families who do not want to raise their families in the lands of Sodom of our day.  The states that choose to honor God’s definition of a family will benefit, while those lands of Sodom will become more wicked as places where one’s family will be more easily led astray into behavior that dishonors God.  Through his faith in God, Abram had enough sense to stay away from the land of Sodom and he was blessed.  The leaders of the families of today have some decisions to make and, hopefully, there will be increasing numbers of people who decide that they will walk by faith and not by sight.