I live in one of the areas of the country where pumpkins are grown and harvested annually. For some it is a family tradition to go out and find the perfect pumpkin(s) and then spend time carving them into to unique creations:for all who pass by to enjoy.
There is a huge variety in the finished products as creative people take pumpkins of every size and shape and creatively produce their idea of the finished product. They decorate their home, business, or landscaping until the pumpkin finally returns to the ground from whence it came.
Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in and wipes all the dirt off of you. Soon he opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff– including seeds of doubt, hate, greed etc. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for “the entire world” to see. When we are done here on earth we return to the one who picked us up and changed us.
His desire to do that, need to do it, and methods are sometimes a mystery to us. We don’t understand why He would bother with us. Our dark secrets and brokenness shame us as we struggle to deal with the inner us while He has no problem addressing those issues. His smile on our face coming from the depth of our hearts is His greatest accomplishment in creation.
We struggle with that but He is who He is and who He is has already been written down for us.
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
He is always looking for us and the opportunity to find us when we finally allow it. The difference between us and a pumpkin is that we can run away while the pumpkin can only wait for its future to unfold. We can avoid it.
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
From deep within he will remold us and work in the depths of who we are till the stone becomes flesh. Then from that new heart comes a new life.
John 15:9“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
That change in time produces a genuine authentic “this is really me” smile. We are not trapped in the past because the inside seeds of doubt, anger, greed and pain can be replaced through His ministry to our hearts and minds .
2 Corinthians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Pumpkins have a temporary existence here on earth as do we. What people will remember is our smile or frown; whichever is carved on our faces.