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Anyone else feel like this strawberry…half ripened—half not?

I mean, I took one look at that little berry and thought—if this isn’t an example of how I feel so many days of my life, I don’t know what does.

Isn’t that the struggle?—those feelings of…I got it all together, mashed up with, I have absolutely nothing together! We can feel so matured, and good, and ready to take on the world, and then something happens, or something doesn’t happen, and we feel anything, but. We go from the bright, shiny, glossy, full-of-life—self, to the defeated, less-than, behind the curve—self. And we get in the swirl, feeling dejected, as if we should only be fully finished up—ripened up, if you will.

Boy, I’m telling you, God planted (pardon the pun) a message right there, right then!

It was like a bullhorn next to my ear, giving me a loud message:

“I’m not finished with YOU, either!”

I stood still.

If you can understand that strawberry has a ways to go, why can’t you understand that you do, too?”


God has a way, doesn’t He?

By chance, anyone else just have a little bullhorn moment over a strawberry? Are we simpatico???

God has a glaring message for us—

We’re not finished, yet!

We can look at the unripened parts of our lives and focus on everything that we are not. We see failures and less-thans, instead of what will be’s. We see what-comes-up-short, instead of the what-are-to-comes.

We see endings.

God sees unfinished.

“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” Philippians 1:6

God is not finished with us, friends.

He’s not finished with any of us, in any areas of our lives; not even close!

Everyday, He has something for us to learn—to grow deeper in Him; in the got it all together days and the absolutely nothing together days. If we can give grace and understanding over that little strawberry, then we need to give grace and understanding over ourselves! Because God’s grace given, must be God’s grace accepted.

When we can see the unripened parts of our lives, as what can be used, instead of what is not,…

That’s exactly where God will be.

That’s exactly where a Christ-Savior will be.

That’s exactly where He wants us to be.


Precious Lord, thank you for the small reminders of the bigger picture. Thank you for not being finished with me, and for all that is yet to come. Help me see my story is not ended. Help me see You have so much more to give. Help me see the place I need to be, where I can be closer to You.


"When our lives are filled with peace, faith, and joy, people will want to know what we have."

David Jeremiah


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