‘The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork’ (Psalm 19:1).
I like passion fruit juice and I had successfully cultivated passion fruit vines in the past. Because it had taken me about one and a half years for my passion fruit vine to produce fruit, when I had finally picked my first passion fruit, I was so very excited. So I was really sorry when that passion fruit vine got pulled up.
Since then, I tried several times to plant passion fruit vines, but I was not successful. In some instances the worms ate the leaves before the young vines were able to become established, while in one instance the young passion fruit vine got mowed down when the grass was being cut.
Within my heart, I wanted to grow a passion fruit vine again. Then one day as I was walking alongside the fence at my home, I noticed a vine that looked so much like a passion fruit vine; but I thought that was strange, since I did not plant a vine there. On closer inspection, I realized that it really was a passion fruit vine, but I had no idea how long it was growing there. The vine was growing from under the hedge along my fence.
For months the vine continued to grow between the hedge, but I really did not give the vine much attention and I did not think that the vine would thrive.
Some time later, as I was walking alongside the fence, I noticed something that looked like a blossom – a passion fruit blossom – then I saw another blossom and another blossom. I was excited and some time later I picked the first passion fruit from the vine and then I picked another ripe passion fruit.
As I thought about my passion fruit vine, I thought of God’s goodness. I had no part in planting the passion fruit seed, but about a year and half before unknown to me, God was answering a desire of my heart. Now the passion fruit vine and its bountiful crop are a reminder to me of the goodness of God.
Nature has been a source through which God speaks to me and the passion fruit experience is no different.
What a wonderful assurance that ‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever’ (Psalm 23:6). Indeed God’s goodness keeps running after us, as expressed in the song ‘Goodness of God’.
I am so thankful that we serve such an awesome God.