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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fruit (10/10/05)

TITLE: Are you sticky yet?
By Jan Warrick


The small grassy knoll where the giant nectarine tree grew was my favorite place to be those lazy summer days of my youth. Warmth from the sun, cool breezes, and the smell of fresh air were magical in way, transporting me away from the worries and cares of my life.

Every year, the tree was laden with big, juicy nectarines. Their smell was so tantalizing; an acidic sweet aroma that drifted on the breeze through our yard. It called me and invited me to partake of the sweet fruit.

The nectarines were the size of softballs. When they were really ripe, all I had to do was touch them for them to fall off the tree into my hand. Even when it was hot outside, the nectarines always felt cool to the touch. Eagerly I would take the fruit to the garden hose and wash it.

I would make myself comfortable under the tree anticipating the treat I was about to eat. That first bite was always my favorite. The nectarines were so big and ripe that they would explode in my mouth. The juice ran down my hands, arms and face. It was impossible to stay clean when eating one of the fruits from this tree. Slurping the juice that poured from the fruit may have been socially unacceptable, but the only way to not miss the wonderful tangy sweetness.

After I finished eating, it was necessary to go into my house and wash up. The problem was that everything I touched got sticky from the juice that was all over my hands. The doorknobs were a sticky mess and anyone who touched them after I had handled them got to share the juice I left behind.

Isnít that the way it should be with the fruit of the spirit? Galatians 5:22 in the New American Standard Bible says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.Ē

Do we bear this fruit? Jesus did. What happened when He walked this earth? People couldnít get enough of Him. They followed Him around and hungered for the lessons He taught. He wasnít stingy with sharing His fruit with others. All they had to do was ask and He gladly shared what He had. The fruit He offered was so satisfying, that people were unwilling to go home, they only wanted to be with Him. To this day, we are still affected by the sticky handprints He left on this world.

Are we leaving sticky handprints too? Do the people around us see and hunger for the fruit our lives bear? If not, maybe it is time to stick our roots in the living water God provides and let Him nourish us. It is time to become mature, fruit bearing trees so that the starving masses can partake of Godís sweetness. Let the fruit God grows on us explode in their lives, run down their hands and arms and allow them to leave sticky handprints for others to see too.

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Helga Doermer10/17/05
Tantalizing description of the fruit, makes my mouth water for a taste of summer.
Suzanne R10/19/05
You describe that smell so well I could smell it. Maybe too because just before reading this, literally, I ate a mandarin (tangerine) and had to wash my hands rather than get the keyboard sticky. Good but nothing like the fruit you describe here. The spiritual lesson you draw from this memory is very good and I'll remember it as I keep eating from my bowl of mandarins these next few days!
Anita Neuman10/20/05
Tantalizing descriptions and beautiful analogy. This is a great devotional! Well done!
Linda Watson Owen10/20/05
Wonderful comparison! (I love mandarin oranges, both taste and scent!)
B Brenton10/21/05
Wooo-hooo! Sticky handprints! I love the analogy. This is a thoughtful, slightly humerous, fun piece. I really like it. I'll be dreaming of sticky handprints tonight.... mmmm... fruit....
Garnet Miller 10/21/05
What a wonderful devotion. Yes, we must let Jesus ooze from every pore of our body so others can see and feel Him in us.
Debbie Sickler10/23/05
You made my mouth water and left me hungry. What a great reminder to make others desire what we have and to feed them the fruit that will satisfy. Great analogy and picturesque descriptions!