It’s possible that I spend way too much time thinking about produce. I work at a grocery store where I clean floors for eight hours each night, so occasionally I take time to notice what’s sitting on that floor. As I look around, it strikes me that God is incredibly generous. And I do mean INCREDIBLY generous.
God could have looked at us humans and said, “They need some nourishment. Here have a fruit.” But no. He mixed it up and said, “One thing to eat called a fruit? Not good enough!” (Keep in mind, I wasn’t there, so I’m paraphrasing for God.)
Instead of one fruit he gave us a multitude of fruits. Bananas, pears, oranges, mango, kiwi, pomegranate, and raspberries (quite possibly God’s most perfect creation), just to name a few. And lest we forget, God also gave us apples. I can just imagine God now saying to himself, “STILL NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!” (Again, just guessing on the specific language.)
Not only did God give us apples, but he made possible Ambrosia, Arkansas Black, Aurora, Braeburn, Cameo, Crimson Crisp, Cripps Pink, Elstar, Empire, Envy, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Golden Supreme, Granny Smith, Hanner's, Honeycrisp, Jazz, Jonagold, King David, Liberty, McIntosh, Morther Spy, Mountain Rose, Mutsu, Newtown Pippen, Nikita, Opal, Pacific Rose, Red Delicious, Rome, Rosalyn, Ruby Jon, Smitten, Sonata, Spokane Beauty, Spitzenberg, Sweet Tango, Sweetie, and Winesap apples. And those are just the forty I saw at work.
If God is going to take the time to bring such detail to something as simple as an apple which dies every single year, how much more effort did God put into us?
Each of those apples appeal to different tastes.
And each of those apples has someone that says, “This is my favorite.” Even Spitzenberg, which sounds like a horribly unappealing name for something you eat. ("Mmm, you can really taste the spitz!")
Matthew 6:30 tells us: “If God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.” (NLT)
God doesn’t cut corners.
He doesn’t scrimp or take the lazy way out. He goes into the details, the variety, and the preciseness (it’s a word) to make sure even something as simple as fruit is more than just an ordinary thing.
He will put even more detail, variety, and preciseness into the ones he made to enjoy his creation.
I love Jesus. I think my two daughters can change the world. I think you can too.
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