A lesson learned from flat peaches
One of the best things about summer is the abundance of fresh and delicious fruit that comes in waves across the season. I like eating seasonally so the anticipation of that first strawberry, raspberry or peach is mouth-watering.
As the summer progresses, more fruit comes into season – this last weekend I picked the first blackberries of the season and enjoyed my first Victoria Plum – so delicious.
I never used to eat flat peaches though – they just didn’t look right to me – less generous than round ones, often the skin looks a bit mottled and the stem is larger. They just didn’t appeal…… until I actually tried one! Succulent, pale flesh, dripping with sweet goodness – just perfect…. what have I been missing all these years?
Well, I can only apologise to all the peaches I overlooked in the past and when I was musing on my omission it brought to mind a bible verse:
“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
Read: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
This story of David’s anointing has a very modern twist. Samuel was impressed by the fine appearance of Jesse’s boys, but David was the only one who was a man after God’s own heart. (Acts 13:22). God saw what was inside and knew he was the right man to fulfil his purposes, even to the point being an ancestor of the Messiah.
When we look at David, we can see his life was far from perfect, but he honoured God’s name, he loved God and wasn’t ashamed to show it (2 Samuel 6:14), he sought God’s will, he listened to God’s guidance, he repented when he was wrong, he was devoted, faithful and trusted God.
Tall Oaks – Attleboro, MA, © Alison Thomas Steer – June 2018
Reflect: How often do we form an instant impression of something or someone and find it hard to get beyond it? Think back in your life to a situation where your first impression proved to be wrong.
Next, think about someone you have met who turned out to have a heart of gold, despite initial appearances and thank God for them.
Finally, think about a time when you have been misjudged. Give God the hurt feelings that this has caused and ask him to give you insight into the fact that he sees you completely and loves you fully.
Is there an opinion of someone or something you need to re-evaluate?
The beautiful song by Bethel Music, ‘God I look to you’, contains this verse
God, I look to You, I won’t be overwhelmed
Give me vision to see things like You do
God I look to You, You’re where my help comes from
Give me wisdom, You know just what to do
This is my prayer for you and for me this week – Lord, give us vision to see things like you do. Amen.