Tuesday, August 10, 2010

So beautiful...but hiding something so ugly

What’s better than fresh tomatoes, picked from your own garden?

We have been enjoying eating fresh tomatoes, sprinkled with a bit of garlic salt and fresh basil, this summer. I was looking for an after-work snack, so I went to my little garden and picked a pretty red tomato. As I started to slice it, I realized that my pretty red tomato was hiding something dark and ugly. Internal BER.

I had no idea something was wrong with my tomato until I cut into it. The insides were being consumed by this black, yucky disease.

After discovering that my tomato had rotted from the inside, I immediately threw into the trash and picked another one.  Thankfully, I was met with healthy red flesh when I sliced it.

This experience reminded me of when Samuel was looking for a man to replace Saul as king.   The Lord told him, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

I was EXPECTING the first tomato I picked to not only taste good, but to look wonderful on the inside. I didn’t even question that it could have been diseased.

God, however, knows everything. Even our deepest secrets. Psalm 44:20-21 says, “If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?”

Try as we may to look “good” for our family and friends, God knows what is really going on inside of us.   

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  Psalm 139.23

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