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Pumpkin Patch Parable

I have always been an avid reader. Growing up, my mom had seasonal books she would put out with the decorations. The fall books were my favorite!

There was one, in particular, I looked forward to reading each year: The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs.

I love this book because it tells the story of a farmer and his pumpkins, but the author paints this parallel story of God’s relationship with me. Just as the farmer carefully tended to his pumpkins and wanted to make them into something beautiful in celebration of fall, God does something similar.

The book can feel a bit cheesy as an adult. How could a story about a pumpkin farmer mean anything to me now? But it actually brings to life some deep truths in a practical way.

Here is what I learned from this parable:

I am like a pumpkin sitting out in a field. God picked me up and brought me home (John 15:16). He washed off all the dirt that was caked on and He opened me up (2 Corinthians 5:17).

All of the yuck inside was exposed and I could no longer keep my junk hidden. BUT God reached in and slowly removed all of the pulp and seeds of sin because He loves me (Romans 5:8).

He carved out a unique picture and called me His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10-11). He put His light inside of me so that the world could see Him shining in me (Matthew 5:16).

I’m not the biggest fan of my sin being exposed. I don’t want people to see that I am prideful, insecure, imperfect, and prone to anger. I prefer to keep those things hidden.

However, God wants something different.

He desires to clean out the gunk and sin. He wants to carve me into something beautiful so that others can see Him in me. Masterpieces are not created in an instant. It is a process that takes time.

For me, it has been a process that has taken a long time because I have a lot of junk. The best part is that God is not in a hurry and each year I look a little bit more like Him.

This fall God is reminding me that He still loves me in my mess no matter what.

Laura Smith serves at 95.1 SHINE-FM as Project Manager.