Summer is all about curious explorations and fun family outings.Recently we had a joint family adventure to a local blueberry farm and dove into our first experience of picking fresh blueberries.
We each grabbed a bucket and headed down the rows of lush blueberry plants.Within a few minutes we had established a rhythm:
Reach in to a full branch, grab a few berries, do a sample taste test, and drop the remainder into the bucket.
It wasn’t long before we were confident in our picking game. The boys quickly determined that the ripest berries would release easily, leaving the rest on the vine for later.The sun warmed our backs and a light breeze kept us going when our task began to feel a bit like “work.”
Occasionally we’d switch rows and swap stories, eyeing each other’s buckets to see how much progress we were making.Conversations bounced about as our buckets slowly filled.
Sweet tidbits of summer’s glory…
Some were methodical and steady. Others experimented with centrifugal force as they hurled their buckets in large circles, challenging each other to go faster and faster.
One needed to do his taste-testing at the sno-cone truck to “preview” flavors for the rest of us. (It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it!)
The Lord must see this same maturation process in our spiritual lives. Our prayers and spiritual walks strengthen as our faith ripens over time, saturating into us as we press through life’s challenges.
… some of us are “green” yet full of potential
… others are at the “sweet spot” of maturity & ready to share
…others are past their “peak,” yet maintain a strong, distinctive flavor
“Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity…” Hebrews 6:1
As we rallied the troops and weighed in our buckets, it didn’t matter how much each of us picked. Our efforts were gathered together in one beautiful heap.
One family outing reaped many bonuses:
the simple joy of having freshly plucked berries to add to our granola, yogurt, and salads
– camaraderie shared in the deliciousness of blueberry buckle, carrying on traditions of friends & past 4th of July parties
How much sweeter all these experiences were because we had gathered the blueberries ourselves and shared in our collective abundance, enjoying the fruits of our labor. Sweet rewards for hot, summer days – – – infusing fond memories and new traditions – – – for the love of blueberries!