Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lessons from a Melon.

Three simple lessons I learned from our latest watermelon:

Lesson #1: You can't always judge a melon from it's cover (or the sound of it as you gently tap it).  

The other night while at the grocery store I picked up a watermelon on my way to the checkout stand.  The hour was late and my cart was overflowing, so I didn't take time to check watermelons for the perfect sound of ripeness.  I went against my natural instinct and just grabbed one.  I wondered it it would be any good and was nervous cutting it several days later.  But to my surprise, it was rather tasty!  I guess sometimes you just get lucky. :)

Lesson #2:  Have courage to try new things learned from others.

While cutting it up, I remembered that my dad cuts watermelon differently than I do.  I thought it might be fun to try out his way and see how I liked it.  Well, come to find out, it was easier and made the pieces all nice and square. (I was even able to make a cute little Stonehenge out of my pieces).

Sometimes we get so comfortable in the ways we do things that we never want to branch out and experiment with the ways that our loved ones do things.  We share ideas with each other but like the comfort of our personal habits.  But sometimes by trying something new, we find even better ways of doing things.  We'll never know unless we try!

Lesson #3:  Watermelons are a miracle.

I can't eat a watermelon without thinking of my dear Dad.  During my growing up years, whenever we'd eat watermelon my dad would inevitably study a piece of watermelon and remark on how amazing it is that muddied water from the ground can go up through the vines, filter out the impurities, and become the sweet, pure juice of a watermelon.  It is a miracle--one of those simple things we take for granted.  But when we stop and think of the intricacy of the smallest things--especially those in nature--we will be filled with wonder.  And it's all the handiwork of our Heavenly Father--the Creator of the Universe.

Happy Challenge:

Study a piece of fruit today and see what lessons you can glean.


  1. Lovely post as usual; I enjoyed your thoughts and challenge.



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