Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Blueberry Icing Madness?

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Good morning, this is Topher from Washington Church of Christ, bringing you a positive Message Minute.

Blueberry Icing.  While that may sound delicious to you, it's most certainly not what you think.  I have a dear friend that owns a blueberry farm.  That's right, 700 blueberry bushes that use no chemical sprays, meaning lots of back breaking time weeding, pruning, and inspecting for pests.  He does it all because he loves the plants God has given to his care.  So when the temperatures dropped drastically below freezing after his bushes were already blooming he did something absurd to the novice grower like me.  He sprayed his precious blueberry bushes with water, covering everything in a thin coating of ice.

When I first read his effort, I thought, "Wait a minute, doesn't that cold ice kill plants, buds, and blossoms?"  In truth, the layer of hard crystalline water can actually provide a protective insulating layer against the colder temperatures to come, kind of like an igloo in Alaska. 

Sometimes, I think we go through trials and hard times, so that we may weather more difficult situations to come, kind of like blueberry bushes.   James says it this way, "Take joy my brothers and sisters, when you face trials of many kinds, for you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance, and let perseverance have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." - James 1:2-4

Today, as we realize that the Great Grower in the Heavens could be protecting us through current challenges,  thank God for the small trials of life.  You'll be glad you did. 

Notice I don't have any advertisements on my website and I don't get any sort of revenue for mentioning a business.  So I am free to recommend whomever I would like TO whomever I would like.  Blue Honey Farms, in Williamson County Tennessee, is owned by a family near and dear to my heart that are of the utmost integrity, and their blueberries are good too!  Check them out here!

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