And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.
The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:11-12).
I absolutely adore fruit. As a child, I couldn’t figure out the difference between vegetables and fruits – that is until someone told me that fruits have a seed whereas vegetables do not. That explanation is pretty much my go-to answer when I’m not sure which is which… this is especially useful when confronted with the likes of grapefruit, breadfruit, starfruit and jackfruit. And yes I know, the word “fruit” at the end is pretty much a giveaway of what type of food it is. Except, have you ever eaten breadfruit?
First of all, it can’t be eaten raw (at least I don’t know of anyone who eats it that way). It must be boiled or roasted. Secondly, it’s not sweet as fruits typically tend to be (unless, you’re like me and don’t roast it until it’s soft to the touch). Its texture is more starch-like than fruity. In fact, I like to joke that as long as it’s breadfruit season, our family doesn’t need to eat bread because we have the perfect substitute.
Why are we talking about fruit (especially one such as breadfruit)? Have you ever stopped to consider the huge variety of fruits that exist?
There are literally hundreds if not thousands of fruits that are eaten every day. They come in an assortment of shapes, textures, sizes and flavors. Yes, there may be one and two that have been genetically modified or that were first conceptualized in a lab, but for the most part God spoke these things into being.
Did you get that?
God spoke the words “Let there be fruit trees bearing fruit with their seeds” and that was pretty much it. Everything just appeared - perfectly formed, beautiful in color and absolutely delicious!
Lessons we can learn from fruit:
Fruits come in various shapes and sizes: Okay, I admit it, I’m guilty. I compare myself to others and try to achieve a certain body type (read that as weight and figure) but God never intended for everything to be just the same. If he did, he could only have created apples, or bananas not apples and bananas and everything in between. This is a lesson to me, to us, that we need to learn to accept the diversity that exists in ourselves and others.
Everything has a season: There’s a Jamaican folk song with the words “Me no drink coffee tea, mango time” – it’s basically saying that while it’s mango season there’s no need to drink coffee or to eat dinner or to even cook because this fruit is absolutely delicious and will be consumed in great quantities. But when the season is over, we move on. Similarly, we need to learn that there is a time and place for everything. We need to learn when to move on and when to let go.
Our potential is contained within: Every fruit has the potential to become an orchard. A single seed can grow into a mighty tree under the right conditions. Every tree has the potential to produce an untold number of fruit. This fruit can feed nations and give rise to more trees that produce more fruit – it’s an endless cycle.
Every fruit that we eat (or don’t eat), every tree that produces fruit - is a reminder that God created this bounty to feed his people. He made sure there was a lot of food before he even spoke about creating the first person. There’s a lesson in that as well. We are God’s greatest creation and we should be very excited that he created this world and everything in it with us in mind.