One Little Slice

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One of my favorite things to do with Bernie is cook.  We both love to come up with menus, play around with different flavors, and create something spectacular.  Lots of times, little parables come up that are used to teach me or remind me about God’s truth and His promises. 

Sunday night when we cooked dinner for my parents and Bernie pulled out half of a red onion that, at first glance, appeared to be weak, flavorless, and past it’s prime.  We thought this little onion was a goner and of no use to us.  BUT….with one little cut of the knife, we trimmed away the dried up edge and what stood before us was a new and transformed onion ready for service!  Gone was its colorless, wan appearance and once again, we had a fragrant, vibrant red onionan essential component to any good salsa!  With just one little slice, we were back in business.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s easy for me to feel like this oniontired, worn out, and used up, without a thing to offer anyone.  But God.  (my two favorite words!) 

He, and only He, can take our dried up, weary souls and revive them.  He can take our wandering hearts and make us new creations.  He can prune our fruitless branches and enable us to bear fruit. 

So faithful and loving is He that even if we appear to be “expired” on the outside and lacking purpose, God can transform us and fill us with purpose once again!            

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”
John 15:1 (NLT)

“Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
 The Lord will work out his plans for my life—
      for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.

     Psalm 138:8 (NLT)