From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.
Repeatedly this Summer the nightly news has reported about the dire drought conditions plaguing the country. The images of brown, shriveled corn stalks and cracked, sun-baked ground have been repeated from coast to coast.
The impending rise of the cost of food looms for all of us, yet in the middle of this depressing news came a sweetness in the form of a peach. Earlier in the season I experienced my first fresh peach in a long time. It was tasteless, mealy and dry nothing like the peaches of my childhood. Then there were the cherries, so tart and bitter my mouth puckered and my eyes watered.
Walking past the fruit bowl the other day I noticed more peaches, dare I tempt myself and again only to be disappointed? Would I walk away remembering the previous less than wonderful
experience? No, I took a chance and that first bite of that peach transported me back to the days when I enjoyed the feeling of juice running down my arms and my nose being prickled by the sweet scent as my lips smacked with glee. That peach was so good!
In life we have periods of painful dryness, days and months when the rain of words and thoughts just do not materialize. Seasons of promise seeming to remain unfulfilled. In awe we watch the rains of promise fall everywhere but upon us. God, always right on time, sends the sweetest fruit we could ever experience to remind us that even in drought and difficulty He provides the sweetest fruit.
Making His praise glorious!
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