On Saturdays I love to go to the Farmers’ Market. I always go to one particular stand because they have the most flavorful peaches, apples and fresh vegetables. At the Farmers’ Market I enjoy the eclectic mix of people as well as the fresh produce.
Because it is the fall season, apples and pears are in abundance. The number of varieties is astounding! When I go to the market I look for the fruit that is unblemished. If I arrive near closing time, often the bruised fruit are the only ones left. Everyone seems to desire the perfect fruit, not the damaged ones.
Unfortunately, so it is with people. Most people want the unblemished people. The ones with the mottled skin, bruised sections, worm holes or rotten areas are often discarded or overlooked. Each of us, at some point in our lives, has had at least one of these afflictions, yet the Lord has never rejected us.
I believe that if Jesus was the customer at closing time, when there appeared to be no hope of being chosen, He would gather up the unwanted fruit, bring it home and then find a useful purpose for it.
In fact, I am certain that if the Lord was the very first customer at the market, He would still select the ones that have some sort of disfigurement. If only all of us could see beyond the surface and taste the real fruit. With apples and pears the bruised fruit often contains the sweetest flavor once the bruised section is removed. With people I believe it is the same.
The Lord intermingles all of His fruit and blends it together into an incredible medley. It doesn’t have to be a dichotomy between apples and pears. An apple will always be an apple. It can never be a pear. An old adage says, “A pear tree cannot bear apples,” but you can mix them together and create exquisite fruit combinations.
In the body of Christ when we are blended together we can accomplish so much more than we can individually. Having healed blemishes is actually beneficial because it allows us to share in the sufferings of others. Then the Lord can use us to become His feast for the world.