09.22.15 – Mr. & Mrs. Pumpkin

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Spiritual Lessons from Mr. & Mrs. Pumpkin

“Behold, the sower went out to sow; as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil. And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” – Mark 4:3-8

In October of 2009, our family went by the farmer’s market and bought two pumpkins. My daughter Aubrey loved sitting on our back patio and carving them into jack-o-lanterns. She named them Mr. and Mrs. Pumpkin. When night came, we put candles in each one and watched them glow in the fall darkness. By November, the couple began aging. But Mr. Pumpkin was definitely aging much faster than Mrs. Pumpkin. She still had a little life in her. (They always say women outlive the men!) I took Mr. Pumpkin and threw him in the trash. Mrs. Pumpkin, the widow that she was, spent her final days alone on the back patio. Eventually it was her time to go too. But instead of throwing her in the trash, I lazily chunked her in the backyard where she found her final resting place.

Guess what we had growing in our backyard the following spring? You guessed it; four pumpkin plants had sprouted up! They started out really small, but that soon changed. We could have easily mowed them down, but we chose not to. Aubrey was excited about her new pumpkin patch. I must admit, if I had known what was going to happen, I would have thrown it further from the house. But instead, I gently tossed it off to the side of the patio. I had even thought about transplanting the pumpkins sprouts somewhere else in the yard to give them lots of room to flourish, but I ended up leaving them alone to let them do their thing.

But as we ponder the story of this pumpkin couple, we can glean spiritual lessons about the Christian life. For instance, we are to grow and flourish no matter where we are planted. No matter where we land in this life, we are to bring forth a bountiful crop for the Lord. You might be dissatisfied about where God has positioned and placed you. Maybe you do not like your job. Maybe you are struggling with where you live and wished you lived somewhere else. But whether you like where God has placed you is not the issue. He has placed you there for a purpose, and that purpose is to root yourself where you are and yield spiritual fruit. Don’t misunderstand me; there are times for job changes and times of relocation; and if that is the case, God will certainly make that clear to you. But don’t be so quick to write off where you are right now. God has placed you where you are for a purpose and that purpose is to grow and bring forth fruit for His glory. Remember, Christians are to bear fruit. If you claim to be a Christian, and you do not bear fruit, then there is something radically wrong. Where there is no fruit there is no root.

Yet there is one difference in my story and our spiritual lesson. Mrs. Pumpkin landed where she did because I casually threw her off to the side. But this is certainly not the case with you. God hasn’t casually placed you where you are without a purpose. Our God does not haphazardly throw you into the world without direction. Instead He carefully and meticulously positions you. Maybe it is God’s will for you to be relocated or transplanted, and if so He will make that clear to you. But on the other hand, it might just be that God simply wants you to stay where you are at and do your thing, and do it for God’s glory.

– Pastor Eric

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24 thoughts on “09.22.15 – Mr. & Mrs. Pumpkin

  1. Yes, we don’t need to lazily fall into a bad crowd and then grow there. We need to read our Bibles, pray, and have a true relationship with God so we can grow in Him. Before March of 21, I wasn’t in the greatest crowd. No these people were not doing drugs or anything. They gossiped, a lot, and also talked about guys all the time, and social media. I never stood up when they gossiped and sometimes I joined in. But then I got saved. And I became friends with my youth group. All of the girls and boys in my youth group text me and encourage me everyday. I still have the temptation at school everyday to fall on the wrong side, but I’m trying very hard.

  2. I think a lot of people hear the Word but do nothing with it. It goes in their head but not to their hearts. Some claim to have received the Word but don’t do anything with it. As a Christian we should lift each other up and encourage one another. Sure, we are all sinners and we mess up constantly, but that is why we need Christian fellowship and the Gospel.
    It reminds me of when I moved to Alabama with my parents. All my dad’s family and friends were back in England. They cried and said they would miss us and promised they would visit, call and write often. We promised the same things to them, also. At first, we called every day, wrote emails, sent texts and Skyped as much as we could. My dad sent videos of me to my grandmother and aunts every week. Over time, we got busy here, and they went on with their lives. The every day calls became once a week, we Skype only on special occasions like Christmas/birthdays, and we send a text or photo only when something really good happens or we need to know something (for the most part). There are some we stay in closer contact with because they are better about replying faster to us. Trying to talk all the time can be kind of boring if nothing new is going on to talk about.
    As Christians, when we don’t “visit” with God like we should, it can easily become a habit. It’s like moving away from God and becoming too busy for Him with our own lives and what we like to do. We have to make the time to read the Bible, pray, and go to church. I know we go to a Christian school that helps us do these things and encourages us to walk with God, but we need to want to do these things as individuals. We need to want to do these things even when no one asks us to or expects it from us. When we nurture these feelings, the Holy Spirit grows within us. When we are truly filled with the Holy Spirit, we want to live as a Christian, do the right things, and encourage other to do so, too.

  3. God will place you where you are needed in life. We just have to remember that God is in charge. I do fell sorry for Mr. Pumpkin that he had to end up in the trash.He did not have a chance to sprout. We do not want that to happen to us. God is always with us, we just need to let him guide us.

  4. God placed us where we are to show God’s love to others. Sometimes we feel like Mr. Pumpkin when he was in the trash but we can escape with the help of God’s forgiveness.

  5. Sometimes I wonder why God has placed me where I am or why he let something that I didn’t want to happen, happen but I know that he has a plan for my life and knows exactly what he is doing, sand if that means having something bad happen then I may not be happy at the time but I know that later I may have something much better waiting for me.

    • And not sand my I pad did that, and I apologize if to some people I sound like I am just acting like my life is terrible, because it isn’t. My life is great and I was trying to say that everyone goes through tough times but they may not understand why God allows it to happen.

  6. God has a plan for everyone.
    though sometimes we have hard times in our life we have go understand that God doesn’t give us something we can’t handle. we may feel like we’re Mr pumpkin, like we’re trapped and cannot grow. but that’s not true. God is more worried about what’s happening IN you, than what’s happening TO you.
    Yes, he cares and doesn’t want to see us feel like Mr pumpkin. but sometimes you need something tragic to happen in your life to get your attention to go back to God.

  7. This is a very helpful post, I have wondered often too much of why I am in a certain situation when I should be trying to do his will the best I can in that situation because God has placed me in there for a reason that is the best reason even if we don’t know it at first and he puts people in your path to love which is not easy but its the right thing to do and you can help those other “pumpkins” to grow prosperously around you.

  8. This is very very true. Even though God has me here for a reason, I wonder why I am where I am. I have been through many tough times with my family and just me personally and I ask why am I here in this tough situation. Yet I have to tell myself, God has me here for a certain reason and I have to give my life to him. I might not know why I am here this very moment, but I will find out. As I walk through my everyday life, I have to ask myself, what would Jesus do? I have to glorify Christ in everything I do, even though it might be hard. We as Christians must bear fruit. We must reach out to others and be kind to them. By doing this, we are glorifying Christ.

  9. This is very true. Even if we don’t like the path God has set us on, we should still trust in him. Sometimes I wonder why God has set me on the path he has, but i still trust in him even if I don’t understand.

  10. Sometimes I wonder why God does things in my life or to other people.but I know that God has a plan for my life.i have been through some hard times but I know God has a path for my life.we don’t need to be a bad “pumpkin” and fall into temptation but we need to let God take control of our lives and lead us.

  11. This blog was really encouraging because it makes me feel loved by God. I feel loved because He doesn’t carelessly throw me aside. He has a specific purpose for me. We shouldn’t complain about where we are because there is a purpose. We should always be content.

  12. Poor Mr. Pumpkin he just got thrown away, but God doesn’t do that to us. He throws in the yard and allows to blossom and grow. Then he watches and helps us as we grow in him and mature in are faith. Unlike you not caring where you through the pumpkin he does care where he puts us, and he specifically puts us their.

  13. Sometimes you can find yourself looking down two paths Gods path and Satan’s path. Satan can make you think his path is easier take and a lot more fun. As tempting as Satan’s path may be we will always know in the back of our minds that God is the way, the truth, and the life. We just have to pray; bringing our mind, will and emotion into harmony with God’s plan. .

  14. If we are in a tough situation and we don’t know why we are there we can go to the Bible for encouragement and find that God places us in that particular situation because he has a plan for what he is going to do in your life and you need to obey it whole-heartedly and willingly. Just like I didn’t know or plan to break my ankle and be in a cast for 6 weeks, but I am. I can choose to mope about it and complain or I can choose to bloom where I am planted and bring glory to God through my actions and my attitudes.

  15. Sometimes, it can be hard to have faith in God if we are in a hard or difficult position. When things go wrong in our life, we get upset and angry and forget that God is with us. He has a purpose for everything he does. He’s right beside us, even when we are going through tough times. He is there to comfort us, protect us, and guide us. He can use the strangest situations to bring us closer to him, and make us learn to rely on him more. No matter how hard times get, God will always be with us.

  16. God always has a reason for everything. Sometimes we don’t like where God has placed us or the path he has chosen for us but we have to persevere and think about the outcome that is to come.

  17. I often ponder on why God would lead me down the paths he has led me through. Sometimes I feel like it’s not fair what I’ve had to go through, but then I remember there’s always a reason to everything God does. God always has a plan for me and everyone else and we do have to go through hard times but it will be all worth it at the end!

  18. I totally agree that as Christians, we need to show the fruits of the spirit and be a mirror to God. If we don’t, people won’t want to listen to what we say about God because we wouldn’t be living according to God’s word. It’s something that is difficult to do, but everyone needs to work on it. Thank you for the message Mr. Martin! 🙂

  19. I really enjoyed reading this. I think you are right about us needing to grow wherever we are planted. It’s true, we should grow even if we are planted in a bad place. We need to grow spiritually and spread the gospel even if we are surrounded by the wrong group of people.

  20. I really needed to hear this it is so very true. God often leads me onto paths where I wonder why He has brought me to this path or why has this happened to me but in the end it always works out which shows that I doubted him too much U really should put my trust in him more often so I don’t have as much worry and stress in my life. This showed me to believe in God because he has a reason for leadin me down the path He has brought me to.

  21. I really like this message Mr. Martin! It so wonderful to know I have a purpose and everything God does has a plan before it is done!!! I also like in this message is we can sprout and live out and bear spiritual fruits wherever we are placed even if we would like to change! 😃

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