Pomegranates and Tomatoes
God created the heavens and the earth with a command. (Hebrews 11:3) He gave the water boundaries, spoke land into existence and declared that vegetation would grow on the land and produce seed. He separated day and night and placed the sun in the sky to give light in the day and the moon to give a lesser light in the night. (Genesis 1:1-16) He determined the number of stars He placed in the sky and called each one by name. (Psalm 147:4) Isaiah 40:26 says of the stars, "Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing." God filled the sky, the land and waters with living creatures. Then He made man in His own image. (Genesis 1:27) "He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." (Colossians 1:17) In Hebrew, His name is Elohim. This name conveys the magnitude of God and means Mighty Creator.
This amazing God, who made everything out of nothing, imposed order out of chaos and designed beauty to surround every creature and all humankind, knows each one of us by name and placed us on the earth for specific purposes. Elohim desires intimate fellowship with us. Our magnanimous God, in addition to holding the universe together, cares for us and longs to bless us. He is aware of every desire of our hearts. Elohim knows what is good for us and will move heaven and earth to show us His amazing love.
For the past seven months I have had an increasing awareness of God's favor over my life. He has been lavish in pouring out blessings upon me. Daily I see the dancing hand of Elohim pouring out His indescribable gifts. I am humbled by the way He cares for me in the midst of all that He is in charge of. Let me share how I see Him in every aspect of my life. In March He fulfilled my desire for a godly husband by having mutual friends introduce me to the perfect man for me. Both Jac and I knew immediately that it was God who put us together. Our love for one another grew, and we are to be married at the end of October.
There is much to take care of in planning a wedding. So, God sent me precious friends to help with all the details. Two of them asked me to trust them with planning the decorating; they had a vision of what to do. Here we are, two weeks before the wedding, and I feel a strong desire to include pomegranates in the mix. This fruit, grown in Israel, is so significant as it is one of the seven fruits associated with the Promised Land and is the prophetic symbol for love. Wouldn't you know that Jane and Patty already planned to include this fruit in the decorations?
I find myself making lists for each day so I remember what needs to be done. Recently, my fiancee and I were running errands. At the bottom of my list was this: "Stop by the farmer's place for fresh tomatoes." It is the end of tomato season, and I want to eat them until the last one is gone. In the late afternoon we went to Doylestown, PA to apply for our marriage license. It got late, and I knew we would not be able to get to the farmer's place before it closed. For some reason, I decided to go home by a different route. Unexpectedly, we passed a farm that had a tomato sign by the road. As we drove in, the farmer had just returned from the field with a basket of tomatoes, and told me that this was his last picking for the season. I returned home with a bag full of tomatoes--praising God for noticing and caring enough to set this up for me.
I am overwhelmed that the God of the universe is interested in the minute details of my life, fulfilling my desire for pomegranates and tomatoes. Think about it! He is like this for all of us! Isn't this God, Elohim, worthy of all the praise and worship we can give Him?
Joan E. Mathias