Green Bananas were common to see around our house brought in from our back yard or the market place. My husband and I would take the huge green stalk after well filled out, and place them in the pantry for further ripening. The purpose was to keep the choice fruit from our winged friends that found pleasure in eating the bananas when they weren’t palatable yet to us; in the end ruining the luscious fruit before we had a chance to devour them.
One day upon entering the dining room-kitchen area, I heard scuffling mixed with laughter. I could not believe what I was seeing. Right before my eyes my husband was acting as though he was trying to close the children in the pantry. April’s long brown hair and Roberts shoe still sticking out, kept him from completing his task.
I abruptly asked, “What are you doing?
“If placing the green bananas in the pantry brings them to maturity over time, then perhaps placing the children in here until they are fully mature is the best answer,” Bill replied.
From inside, the children were giggling and hollering in harmony, “Daddy, come on daddy! Let us out! Giggles between the two continued as they hear mom approach. “Help mom!”
I begged for mercy on their behalf as we winked at each other in playful gesture opening the doors to the huge walk in storage off the dining area. We both came to the agreement that we were to go through the maturing times with them, no matter how difficult and green they were; it is all part of life. We were to grow and mellow together in the Lord.
When I have faced difficult people I take myself back to that pantry in my mind desiring to do what Bill did, but with some I would like to lose the key. This is not what God had in mind. We are to love and wait patiently in the Lord.
All of us are as green bananas maturing at different stages, some developing spiritually later than others. But one day the Lord will return and then I will be as He intended me to be. I will be ripe and ready to meet the master. We don’t have to remain completely green while serving him here on earth; God expects us to grow and become palatable to the unsaved world. He also intends for us to grow in knowledge, in His Word.
I am still green but ripening slowly. How green are you my friend? Are you maturing in Christ, or does everyone around you want to place you in that imaginable pantry and throw away the key?
That be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.
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