Why is that year so important?
It is the year that the avocado was brought to America, Florida to be specific, according to LifestyleTopia.Net.
The story goes that it was initially discovered by Spanish travelers when they explored the jungles of Central America and the Caribbean.
Can you imagine? Trudging through the forest, seeing God’s beautiful birds and animals, not to mention His scary ones, and then to come upon a green thick-skinned fruit.
Is it edible?
How do I open it up?
What constitutes ripe?
I have these crazy thoughts about foods; especially when I think about the person that ate the first raw oyster! Now that took guts!
I can see it now; a man is walking along the shoreline and sees a bed of funny looking shells.
With great determination, he opens it; possibly with his knife.
WHAT IN THE WORLD POSSESSED HIM TO PUT THAT THING IN HIS MOUTH?!
And then how did he convince others to try it?
Here, Honey, try it you’ll like it.
But I love those salt-water bivalve molluscs and I’m so glad that they did try them. I savor them raw, steamed, fried, in a stew and my favorite is my scalloped oyster stuffing based on a Better Homes and Gardens recipe.
Back to the avocado…
This fruit was introduced in Indonesia in 1750. Fifty years later it arrived in Australia and America in the 1800s. It was not until 1908 that the avocado was introduced to Israel. 1908? Who would have thought it took that long?
Why in the world did I even bring up the avocado?
Several years ago I bought an avocado at Publix supermarket. Like I have done many many times before I took the seed and placed two toothpicks in it. Afterward, I balanced the toothpicks on the edge of a glass of water thus submerging the base of the seed.
Weeks later roots dangled from the bottom of the seed. My husband Wade planted it in a small clay pot with soil. Soon leaves began to peak out through the dirt and when it was large enough he planted in the ground.
This was not a new effort for us but this time SUCCESS!
Over the years it grew, blossoms would appear but no fruit would it bear. Each year we were disappointed as we had imagined eating guacamole by the bucket full once it was almost two stories high.
Last year hurricane Irma appeared on our doorstep in Florida. Electricity went out in the middle of the night, branches and other “things” clunked on our rooftop, the winds howled, and for many, the flood waters rose. When morning arrived we eventually ventured out to assess the damage. Lots of branches down; fortunately no structural destruction.
Most of the downed limbs were from the big oak trees in our neighborhood.
Apparently, a small tornado tore through our backyard and stripped most of the limbs from our avocado tree. As Wade began to clean up the backyard, there under the debris was a LARGE AVACADO!!!
It finally bore fruit!
Hard as a rock! I kid you not, cement is not as hard.
The next day we were scheduled to go out of town and since our house was okay, we left.
We could not take the avocado on the plane to Ireland, thus our cat sitter ate the one and only avocado our tree ever produced. He said it was good.
At first, I was bummed. Gee whiz, we nurtured it from a seedling! But it was so cool we finally had fruit – a fruit – and our friend and his family enjoyed it!
It is the same with my Word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
(Isaiah 55:11 NLT)
When we share God’s Word, we may not see the results, but we can be reassured that lives will be impacted.
Let my teaching fall like rain and my speech settle like dew, like gentle rain on new grass, like showers on tender plants.
(Deuteronomy 32:2 NIV)
What a grand word picture!
God’s Word is like a mist lightly moistening one’s face. Nourishing each cell.
You may not be around to see the results of your sharing of His Word… but don’t let that deter you from being that gentle dew; be the BIBLE for those around you.
His WORD will not come back VOID.
Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author. She takes the Word of God and shares His truth in a humorous, unique and insightful way. To contact Susan to plan a retreat or seminar Click here
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