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Berry Picking

Updated: Oct 13, 2018

Last month in worship as we were wrapping up Vacation Bible School, I shared a bit about the story of Mary and Martha found in Luke 10:38-42. I shared that I am naturally more of a Martha than a Mary. I tend to lead an active life, though truly feel spiritually fed in moments at the feet of Jesus. Perhaps some of you can relate.


One of the ways I have found that I can be both a Martha AND a Mary at the same time is while picking berries. Yes, while picking berries. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, salmonberries, lingonberries (low-bush cranberries) – you name them, I love to pick them. When I lived in Alaska, I used to pick blueberries, salmonberries, and lingonberries each and every summer, many times well into the evenings since the sun was still out past 11:00 pm. I just needed to watch out for bears and muskox, especially if I was picking alone. The berries on the tundra are available to all. The only investment is time and the cost of gas to get to favorite berry spots. Here in Michigan, I enjoy going to various U-Pick places where one pays by the pound to pick them. Berry picking for me is communing with God, even when I am picking with others. While picking berries, I get to make available fresh berries for my family while also picking enough to put away for other times. In addition, I get to enjoy the great outdoors while being reminded of God’s abundance, especially in years when the crops are indeed plentiful. As I sit at the feet of Jesus while picking berries, I am reminded that God provides for our needs, including berries and other foods. Often while I’m picking for a while and decide that the time has come to stop, it seems that I always hit the mother lode of berries and feel I must continue picking! With this mindset, one could pick and pick and pick and never ever really be done! Isn’t that how it is with God’s love and grace?


Just when you think you have run out of love and grace for another person or even for yourself, God’s love and grace are there in abundance, waiting for you to receive and share. God’s love and grace are there for us no matter what, throughout our entire lives. God’s love and grace are like a never-ending patch of berries! God is indeed everywhere and in abundance!


What are ways that you are finding balance between activity and sitting at the feet of Jesus?


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