Recently I discovered something interesting about strawberries that I had never noticed before. I have always thought that they were a very pretty fruit inside and out. You have all the little seeds against the pretty red on the outside and all these cool white lines in the juicy redness on the inside.
What I had never noticed before was that each one of those white lines comes from a seed on the outside of the strawberry.
A seed that reaches all the way inside the strawberry to the very center.
To the heart of the strawberry.
Words are like that. They land on the outside of people and then they sink right down inside all the way to the heart. How often have I spoken words that left sparkling lines in someone? How often have I spoken words that cut and hurt to the heart? Sometimes hard things have to be said, but saying them gently can change the hardness.
God is like that. He tells us things we want to hear. And He tells us things we need to hear. I'm good with the first - and sometimes grumpy with the second. Please tell me I am not the only one! What I have to let sink into my heart is that He loves me and He wants the best for me.
My turn now - my turn to remember that my words need to be sweet like strawberries and gently reflect the Best that the Father has to offer.
Off to munch a strawberry or two,