Today’s Word: ‘Fruit’ as in… God is near, as near as a banana.
You’ll need a banana or some piece of fruit that you can easily peel.
Pick up the fruit and hold it in your hand. What does it feel like? What does it look like, what do you see?
Hold it to your nose. What do you smell?
Now peel the fruit and taste it. Is it sweet or sour? Is it strong or mild? Is it what you expected, or are you surprised?
Often what we see on the outside looks much different from what we see on the inside.
People say that about the bible, too. What do you think?
You’ll need a bible. Pick up the book and hold it in your hand. What does it feel like? What does it look like, what do you see?
Hold it to your nose. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
What do you smell? Now ‘peel it’ open; turn to roughly the middle of the book and find Psalm 34:8. These words invite us to “taste and see that the LORD is good!” Our friend, Eugene Peterson translates it this way: “Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see how good God is.”
Do you ever wonder what God is really like? Can you see God? Can you smell God? Does God sometimes seem hard to get to know? Does God seem to be all wrapped up in mystery? Is your experience with God filled with drama, or maybe comedy?
We’re invited to go beyond the cover of the ancient scriptures and discover the amazing grace, the awesome love, the history, poetry, the love stories, the drama, and even the humor.
God invites us to peel back the layers of each page and discover how amazing the love of God can be!
The bible. Peel it. Open it. Taste it. See it. God is near. Now, as long as you’ve peeled the banana, go ahead and eat it.
(adapted from my writing in “God Is Near: 30 Extraordinary Encounters.” ©2001, Group Publishing, Inc., Loveland, Colorado)