I’ve never made jam until this year. Earlier in the season I made some delicious strawberry rhubarb jam and today I tackled apricot jam.
I have an apricot tree next to my front door and I found the ground covered this morning with fruit that was ripe and had fallen to the ground. My daughter Mackenzie added a shake to some of the branches and brought down more apricots that were ready to be picked.
Now these apricots are not pretty. I knew that this year would not be the one where we would pick them off the tree and eat them. During a hail storm last month, every one of the growing fruit was bruised. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t useful and something beautiful and delicious can’t be made with them.
Kind of like life.
At times it seems like the bruises in our life disqualify us from living fully in all of God’s purposes. But in God’s economy and perspective – bruises, bumps, and blemishes don’t get in the way of His design for our life.
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.
He has planted eternity in the human heart,
but even so,
people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT
Maybe you are at the beginning of a bruised and hurtful season and can’t see any kind of beautiful ending in sight. Take a deep breath and be assured that what you see right now is not the same as what God sees for your future.
God will take even the bad things in your life and turn them around for good at just the right time. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 NLT