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David P. Smith: Blueberries and Birds
Monday, July 01, 2013 11:14 AM

I have really been enjoying eating so many fresh vegetables lately and the fruit trees are doing well, too. With the cold snap that we had right at the time that everything was blooming, I thought I wouldn’t have much in the way of blueberries, but those bushes have done extremely well anyway.  In spite of the adversity faced, there was still much fruit produced.  While spending the time it takes to pick off those berries, I’ve noticed this little bird which has set up residence close by and every time I start picking, that bird starts churning out a perpetual chirp as if to try to get me to quit picking and go inside again.  Even my faithful outside companion, Buddy, can only sit for a small amount of time while I’m doing my work before he has had enough and has started barking at the bird as though he could actually fly up there and do something about the annoyance.  

I skipped a few days on picking berries because of being busy recently and when I went out in the evening to try to catch up, there were a lot of berries with peck marks on them.  That same bird, and probably some friends, was taking advantage of my delay.  The berries weren’t eaten to any appreciable degree, but just pecked on enough to spoil the fruit.  It is apparent that those birds know when the fruit is ripe just as well as I know when it is ripe.  I stayed out there until I filled up my bowl and was able to save as many as possible from the birds. 

In Matthew 21 and Luke 20, Jesus’ parable of the vinedressers is recorded.  It is clear that the fruit mentioned in the Bible is something that not only God wants to harvest, but Satan wants to harvest it as well.  When the fruit is ready to pick, but this does not occur because of various delays, it is open season for the birds to start circling and then attempt to devour or ruin the ripe fruit.  It is no coincidence that in John 20:15, Mary Magdalene thought that the risen Jesus Christ was the gardener.  We were put here to tend to a garden in the beginning and we are still being taught to be better gardeners by the Master Gardener. “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord.  See how the farmer waits for the preciousfruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain” (James 5:7).  “Then He said to them, ‘The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves’” (Luke 10:2-3).  As is recorded many places in the Bible, “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." 

Picking blueberries can teach you a lot.  Besides that, it is nice to be able to partake of something that doesn’t just taste good, but is good for you also.  They contain the highest amount among fruit for antioxidants, and one cup of them has almost one-fourth of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin C and fourteen percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber.  If you don’t have someone providing you with some of those wonderful berries in June and July of each year, go get yourself some potted ones and grow them in your own yard.  The bushes grow just about anywhere around here and as much as they are now costing in the grocery store, it is well worth it.  When those bushes get mature enough to produce fruit, you can have something healthy to eat and also learn something from the Creator while working on them. 

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