“The strawberries are ripe!” What a joyous proclamation! Up to the strawberry patch I went with bucket in hand. I pulled back the big, green, healthy leaves and my eyes ran to and fro throughout the whole patch in search for the perfect, deep red, juicy, flavorful berries as I envisioned a strawberry pie!
I was glad to harvest much of the fruit even though it had rotten spots or insect bites because I knew they could be cut out and used as part of the pie anyway. However, it didn’t compare to the thrill of finding a big, spotless, evenly ripe, picture perfect strawberry! These were the kind I would go back to the house and show off! These were the kind that could contribute most to my goal. These were the kind we had in mind as we planted and cared for the plants. These are the kind that brought the most pleasure and reward for our labor in the sun.
As I was up there, I thought about how God’s eyes similarly run to and fro throughout the whole earth searching for those whose heart is perfect toward Him. Why? Because He has a great goal in mind, a vision of His perfect Kingdom, and a desire to show Himself strong in bringing this to pass as He finds us willing and eager to be used of Him however He sees fit. Thankfully, He will not overlook us because of our rotten sin nature but my desire is that He will find me striving to be spotless from the world, and someone who, like Job, He will take great pleasure in saying “Have you considered this servant of mine?” Someone who will give Him great excitement and the joy of intimate fellowship as He allows me to be part of His great work where He has placed me. May He find you glorious in His sight, and take great joy as you are presented to Himself. Eph 5:27 “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”