Who KNEW that we had peaches and apples grown here???? Having grown up in Georgia, I am familiar with peaches! I love peaches and have enjoyed picking them most of my life. There is nothing like a fresh picked, tree ripened peach!
God is so amazing! At a time when I am missing those things that are familiar, not really "homesick", but just sort of desiring something ordinary from my past - God surprises me with a bountiful supply of fresh, tree ripened peaches!
Not only peaches, but also "home grown" Granny Smith apples. I didn't grow up with apples, but I do love them and especially the tart Granny Smith.
I learned something valuable. God gives us the desires of our heart. He pours out blessings on us so great that we cannot contain them (I am looking for someone to share my bounty). He allows us to enjoy the things of our past, but also draws us into the present with promises of the future.
I don't want to be like the Israelites who wanted to go back to Egypt and slavery just for the leeks and garlic - or maybe it is peaches and fresh seafood... We learn that we can still have the things we love, but we don't need to allow them to become idols or something to make us unhappy where we are.
God desires to bless us, He cares about our needs and our wants. Just like as parents, we love to bless our children and see them happy and have their needs and desires fulfilled. How much more, God does... Jesus says, that if we, being carnal and evil want to bless our children, how much MORE can and will our loving Father - who is perfect in love and totally unlimited - bless and care for us???? (of course, that is a "merrie" version)
I hope that today we will be more aware of the blessings that surround us and be open to sharing them with others.... want some peaches????