Last week I visited a farm with my young students. We enjoyed picking pumpkins and talking about how they grow. The children were instructed to choose one which would fit in a plastic bag. Many followed directions, but some tried to put larger pumpkins in spaces where they would not fit.
Pumpkins fell to the ground, frustrating those who were determined to choose the biggest in the field. It was hard for those who hadn’t followed the rules. They chose pumpkins which were too heavy to carry.
Children were guided to an area where smaller pumpkins had grown. Soon, they began to realize it was better to listen to the guiding of their parents, and pick pumpkins which fit perfectly in their bags.
God reminds us we are guided by His love. He shows us how to choose His will for our lives. God takes the weight of the world from our hearts. He knows we cannot hold what is crammed inside. Only God can scoop out what we don't need, and help us recognize what we must not carry.
Many children chose smaller pumpkins that day. They proudly placed them in their bags and talked about making jack-o-lanterns when they got home. Twenty four children carried their pumpkins safely in the arms of love, and spoke about lighting them. Soon, they will understand that joy does not need the biggest pumpkin to shine.
God is near and He loves YOU