National Blueberry Month is not until July, but I was thinking today about how much “candy” the Lord provided in nature for us to enjoy. Of all that natural candy, blueberries are at the top of the list for me.
My brother, sister and I used to pick and eat the wild blueberries from the bushes on the islands of Lake Vermillion in northern Minnesota. We ate them right off the vine, they were so good, washed in the rain and the dew. In January, I passed some in the produce section and got a sudden yearning for those sun-drenched days up in the boundary waters and the taste of those lovely blueberries. I’ve been buying them every week since. Sam’s Club sells much larger containers of them than the tiny, expensive little cartons at the grocery store, so I put them on my cereal, drop them in yogurt and grab a few whenever else I have a yen for them.
I understand blueberries are very healthy in that they contain antioxidants and others things that are beneficial. They are sometimes called “brain food” for the properties they have that are supposed to stave off the aging process. With my months long blueberry festival, my brain should be in good shape for a while!
Raspberries are also unbeatable. My Minnesota grandparents had them growing wild in their fields. I can still feel the sun on my head as a child while we wandered around trying to find the best bush loaded with berries. Grandma had a freezer where she would store some each year. At Christmas once, I remember her serving vanilla ice cream in her pretty blue dishes and then bringing in the raspberries from the summer before to put on top. The sight of those brilliant crimson berries on the snowy white ice cream struck me as exactly right. Raspberries in winter. The perfect touch.
When I think of all the wonderful fruit the Lord created, it boggles the mind. He could have chosen to make two or three kinds. Instead he created an unbelievable cornucopia of sweetness and beauty for us to enjoy. Think about the sheer variety of the Lord’s creation the next time you bite into a crisp apple, eat a strawberry, pick up a section of juicy orange, or bite into a sweet plum. To think that God would leave us this abundance, despite the sin of the human race, is another reason to be thankful for His common grace. I’m about to head to the kitchen to wash some little purple gems for the dinner table. They had red grapes on sale yesterday, and I couldn’t pass them up!
Thank you, Lord, for the variety of fruits we enjoy in season and out of season. We take your blessings for granted far too often!