Some times you just have an overflow of goodness in your life. Fresh, ripe fruit that overflows into the season, making all things joyful.
Other times the fruit is harder to find.
We search and search for it.
Digging deep into our buckets…
to be met with disappointment when we see what is there.
Only the smallest pieces of fruit.
Then other times we have plenty of big fruit around, but we let it go bad.
For whatever reason it sits, untouched, only to turn a dark and ugly color.
But thankfully there’s beauty in the ugly. When the old, gross, and overlooked is about to be thrown out, it is transformed into something beautiful and nourishing.
I feel as if this all parallels my summer season so well. This summer has been all of the above – time of richness, growth, and the evidence of rich fruits in our lives. We’ve had a blessed summer as a family of 3 with many joys to fill our hearts. It’s also been challenging, dry, and seemingly emptying at others as we’ve walked a road of learning how to help and handle others in our lives. I’ve seen lots of ugliness in myself this summer. Dark spots in my heart that are full of sin and needed to be exposed. It’s hard to imagine how those places will change, and while there’s still plenty of changing to do, I’m starting to see the banana bread that comes from the ugly.
Thankful for a season of growth where I’ve learned to make banana bread, whatever my fruit bucket may look like.