Those Cucumbers

Monday, May 2, 2022
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Exodus 20:17 – You must not covet your neighbor's house … or anything else that belongs to your neighbor. (NLT)

One spring, the neighbours down the street were having a swimming pool built. The tiny village of New Denver, British Columbia, Canada, where we lived, lay nestled on the shores of the deep and clear Slocan Lake, where we could swim any time we wanted during the summer. But imagine being able to go for a swim right from your own front door! No one else in the village had a swimming pool. I was green with envy.

Soon, a white, semi-domed structure loomed up at our neighbours' house. I could hardly wait to have a chance to peek inside it. Finally, the neighbours invited us over to show off their new pool. It was like stepping into the warm, moist atmosphere of a greenhouse. The translucent plastic that covered the ceiling and walls diffused the sunshine, enveloping the interior with a soft, ethereal glow. I dipped my hand into the clear water. Yes, it was warm! The pièce de résistance, however, was a vine in the corner with cucumbers growing on it! I could hardly take it all in, it was so perfect.

Numbers 11:5-6 – We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna! (NLT)

In the middle of the night, as I was thinking about that swimming pool, God reminded me of the cucumber vine in it. I almost laughed out loud. I had been so focused on what I didn't have, actually coveting something, that I had forgotten to focus on the amazing things that God was doing. God had led us in miraculous ways, and our family was on the brink of the greatest adventure of our lives. In a couple of months, we would be going to Czechoslovakia to help a pastor start a Christian school. God wanted us to follow Him, rather than living a life of ease. Instantly, I felt better about the swimming pool.

1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. (NLT)

It's not wrong to want certain things, but let's not be dissatisfied with what we don't have, and let us remember the wonderful things that God has given us. Let's do the things that please Him.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You have given us so many gifts — life, food, health, work, and friends. Help us to be grateful for these things and not to be discontented with what we don't have. You know us well, and You know what we need. Help us to focus on You, and not on the things of this world. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Thanks for the wonderful reminder, Alice.

    Great word pictures you paint today, Alice.

    Very important reminder, thank you Alice! God bless!

    Thanks, Alice. God can even use cucumbers to teach us a lesson!

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.

    Thank you, the timing for your devotional couldn’t have better. It made me see sense again. So busy on thinking of all the things I will lose and not all the wonderful things I still have.

    Hi Alice,
    You and Terry have certainly given much of your life to the Lord. Thank you for that and for this devotional.

    Greetings Alice and many thanks for this very mindful devotional today. Yes, we need be ever grateful to our Lord for all He provides us with in this country, compared to what many people are presently dealing with in other countries. Blessings for these very special writings you do.

    Good morning, Alice,
    Well lovely cucumbers and reminder of all the God provides for us each and every day. Great message which we all need reminders once in a while. Thank you for the great one with the unique title to get our minds working.
    Blessings and thanks for being willing to share your experiences which have been many.

    Thank you, Alice, for this wonderful devotion.
    It reminds me of when I was young, and how I yearned for things that we couldn’t afford.
    This devotion, hit it right on the head; and now I have what is we should focus on, God and his creation.
    Thanks, so much,

    Dear Alice,
    Thanks so much for the reminder of where our focus should be. And how wonderful to be looking forward to live in “that city, whose Builder and Maker is God”.
    God gives us so many blessings down here while we journey through this life, but Heaven will be millions of times better! What a wonderful God we serve!
    God bless you as you continue to write these Devotionals that go all over the world.

    Such an incredible message Alice.
    I love my God. I’m in my 60’s and it really hit home that I have a ton of things that I collected over the years, particularly music (hundreds of 45s, albums, CDs, and cassettes) and books and celebrity paraphernalia. I know my kids will not be interested in any of this when I go on to my reward. I have decided that I need to stop buying this stuff. While I am enjoyed building my collections, they have no value in the next life. I have come to realize I need to start unloading this ‘stuff’. I would be lying if I said it won’t be easy, but I know I have to.
    Otherwise I live in a small home, drive a normal car, and certainly live a modest life. I can’t take any of this with me. God has blessed me so very richly over the years. God allowed me great career success as I raised my children as a single father, but now my focus is shifting more toward our Lord. I do my best to tithe 10% as I have truly been blessed. I love my Church.
    God has blessed me with a beautiful life, and your devotion reminded me of that.

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