Truth be told, I completely overloaded myself this past week. Have you ever done that? No? Just me? Who am I kidding, we all have done that more than once!
My family has found that Valentine's Day is a great time to put together a fundraiser to help with mission trips, camps, etc. Do you know how many chocolate covered strawberries are eaten during this special day? The World Wide Web doesn't really tell us, but I can tell you from experience a ton of people do! So that's what my daughter and I have been working on this week.
Sunday afternoon I set out to buy my first round of strawberries and I went to the most logical store in my town…only to find ZERO berries! I set out on the search and finally find a place where I could purchase a good amount.
After round one was washed and dipped, I sent my husband out for round two. Again, I send him to the most logical place and again…no berries! I then send him back to the store where I was successful the first time. He returned home with all that I asked for, but I didn't realize what it took for him to get them! He told me as he was carrying a flat of strawberries to the register, a worker stopped him and said he could only buy two containers at a time. Knowing that he needed to come home with strawberries (he obviously knows me so well), he went in and out of the store six times to get me what I needed! I think that might deserve a "husband of the year" award!
Twelve hours and thirty dozen later, the fundraising project is complete! As I dipped all 360 strawberries, I was asking the Lord to give me a blog post for today, because honestly, I had nothing! I started thinking about each berry and a story that could come from them. Before I dipped each berry, I had to examine it to make sure it didn't have blemishes, that it was ripe enough and that it was firm and not mushy. That's when it came to me...what can we learn from a strawberry?
I did a little research and found some Fun Facts! Did you know...
1. Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen each spring
2. There are 200 seeds on an average strawberry and most varieties produce "runners"
3. Strawberries are considered part of the rose family. They give off a sweet fragrance as they grow.
As I dipped each strawberry in the chocolatey goodness, it was so apparent how easy it would be to cover up any flaws. Beautiful on the outside, but mushed and bruised on the inside. That could be an entirely different post for another day!
You may be eating a lot of strawberries over the next couple of days and even as harvest time arrives this spring. Think about how we can compare our lives as Christians to that of a strawberry. First fruits, full of seeds that can reproduce, strong enough to produce runners that branch off and take deep roots, and the sweetness of taste and sweet fragrance they give off. I will not look at strawberries the same now! All around us we can learn from God's creation. I am thankful He allowed me to see something different in His creation this week.
Happy Valentine's Day and I hope you get spoiled with lots of strawberries!
Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids, part-time marketing director, loves hanging out in her community and building relationships...oh and loves to laugh!