Have you ever heard of the old saying, ‘HAPPY AS A POSSUM IN A PAW-PAW PATCH!”
And I have to ask, have you ever tasted a paw-paw?
Those of you that don’t know what a paw-paw is might enjoy this unique fruit. Somewhat banana-like in appearance, this sweet fruit grows wild in the woodlands of the northern states and is absolutely adored by the varied and sundry wild critters that roam those same woodlands.
Opossums, raccoons, deer, and bears eat paw-paw when the fruit is ripe. As far as I know, it has never been grown in a greenhouse environment.
Then we have peaches, pears, persimmons, cherries, and so many varieties of apples! And let’s not forget the lowly plum!
So, so many fruits... enough to satisfy the taste of the most discriminating palate.
And just what in the world drove me to get on this rant about fruit? You might well ask... so I will tell you.
Such a variety of friends, and they are all yours for the picking
Some are sweet, like sweet cherries, and some are pucker-up sour. Some are delicious, like golden delicious apples. Yes, so many kinds, types, and varieties.
What fruit would you be if you could be a fruit, any kind of fruit? Choose one or several. That is what you are bringing to the table!
Most folks would not choose to be like a durian, and the reason why is the durian does not exactly smell good, but; even the putrid-smelling durian has its followers because once you get past the rotten meat, smelly gym socks stench, they are quite tasty.
So, what flavor are you?
Dear Papa God, help each of us to value our friends. You have said in your word, “that if we would have friends, we must prove that we are friendly.” Please let each of us begin this friendship thing with you. Thank you, Daddy, for being our forever friend. In Jesus’ wonderful name, we ask it, Amen.