Watermelon, peaches, strawberries, Michigan cherries, homegrown tomatoes. Summer fruit right off field!
Michigan summer is a great time to enjoy the sweetness of fruit. What’s your favorite fruit? Mine is strawberries, followed close by watermelon.
This Sunday we will enjoy some summer fruit and I will remind you of one lesson: Remember God in the middle of your blessings.
When we think of a basket of summer fruit, we probably have a pleasant picture. But in the Bible, Amos 8:1-2, a basket of summer fruit brought the idea of the end of the nation of Israel. It may seem like an odd connection, but in Deuteronomy 26:1-10 God wanted the Israelites to bring Him a basket of the first fruits of the summer as a reminder that He blessed them in the Promised Land. But Amos proclaims symbolically that because they would not remember God in the middle of their blessings, they would lose those blessings. Much like summer fruit, it would soon be gone.
I guess that’s the problem with summer fruit. You need to enjoy it now because it will soon be gone.
The lesson you will learn this Sunday is that it is easy to forget God as He blesses you. It’s just our selfish, human nature. We enjoy the gifts but forget the Giver. I think you are enjoying many of God’s blessings in your life. They are all around you if you will notice. You just need to recognize and remember God in the middle of your blessings.
So this Sunday as we enjoy some summer fruit, I hope you will recognize the many ways God has blessed you and give Him thanks.
Join us this Sunday, June 25 @ 10:30 a.m.