One of the best things I get to do is meet new people everyday. My job allows me to tell other’s stories. Recently, I ran across an awesome couple whose mission is to spread the gospel through free watermelons.
The Kerlikowski Family Farm sells watermelons to grocery stores throughout the midwest. A few years ago they felt led to create stickers with Bible verses. These stickers were placed on each melon. The couple created them to be peeled and flipped over to read those verses. Before long, their batch of melons were rejected because of those stickers. The couple had to create new stickers. But that bump in the road didn’t keep them from their mission.
Each year, the Kerlikowski Family Farm picks about 600,000 watermelons. About 10 percent of those are rejected from stores because of their shape or marks. There is nothing wrong with them. Most farmers throw them away. However, this couple is giving that 10 percent to local food pantries. The couple takes rejected melons and gives them a purpose.
I couldn’t help but think that’s what God does with us. Like watermelons, we grow to full size despite the pain we’ve experienced. We are damaged in a way, but God sees us as more than a rejected watermelon.
“We are damaged in a way, but God sees us as more than a rejected watermelon.”
During a watermelon’s early life, it encounters crows and other animals who eat away at the outer skin. Trying to penetrate the center. That can happen when it’s the size of a baseball. But as it grows to an 18 pound watermelon, those once small marks grow with it.
The amazing thing is those scars heal as they get bigger. The inside of the watermelon reaches perfection.
Often times, it’s easy for us to look at our scars, the choices that left a mark on our lives and think we’re destined for trash. But God uses us to impact others. He provides us with His scriptures. (A lot like the Kerlikowski’s do with the hidden scripture stickers.) Then He sends us out to the world to share His “Life-Giving Fruit.”
No matter if your marks are visible for the world to see or hidden inside, God CAN and WILL use you for the glory of His kingdom. Why? Because He loves us. It’s as simple as that. And the closer you grow with God the more His desires will become yours. The marks will begin to fade and you will start to see the beauty He IS creating within you.
Wherever you are in life, remember God has amazing plans for you. If you don’t know what that is, ask Him. He will begin to show you where He can use your strengths and even weaknesses.
“No matter if your marks are visible for the world to see or hidden inside, God CAN and WILL use you for the glory of his kingdom. Why? Because he loves us. It’s as simple as that.”