Looking For Light

Thursday, August 25, 2022
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Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (NKJV)

I never really wondered why bananas are shaped the way that they are until I saw a children's program about them on television. I was intrigued, so I looked up the details on Google, and here is what I found out.

Banana plants look like trees, but what appears to be a trunk is made up of the rolled bases of leaves, called a pseudostem. The flower spike grows up through the middle of the pseudostem, emerges at the top of the plant, and produces rows of flowers in several tiers. Once the flowers are pollinated, tiny banana fruits start to grow, all hanging down. Once they are much bigger, instead of continuously growing towards the ground, surprisingly, the fruit start to turn upwards towards the sun in order to receive light, a process called negative geotropism. Because of the distance from the tropics where bananas grow to the markets where they are sold, they are picked green and refrigerated at 13 degrees Celsius to prevent the production of their natural ripening agent, ethylene, for three to four weeks.

I am sure that the woman who was brought to Jesus accused of committing adultery was hanging her head and looking at the ground as her fate was being decided. Things were very dark for her indeed, because the law was very clear: she should be stoned to death. After a long time, Jesus said, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." (John 8:7b NKJV) One by one, the accusers left them.

John 8:10b-12 – He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?" She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more." Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (NKJV)

Undoubtedly, the woman lifted her head in joy at her new lease on life, gazing in wonder at the Light of the world.

Like the bananas, there are times in our lives when our heads are hanging and we are looking down, times when we know that we are walking in darkness. It may be caused by illness, financial problems, old age, discouragement, depression, or sadness about things which are happening near us or in the world at large. When this happens, we should be like the young bananas: stop looking down and start looking up towards the light — Jesus, the Light of the world. I am sure the woman did. Do you?

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, when we walk in darkness, we pray that the light of salvation which Jesus offers will brighten our path of life. We ask this in His holy name. Amen.

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Joel Jongkind <austria67@bmts.com>
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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good reminder, Joel.

    Thanks Joel. Do take care, blessings.

    Thanks, Joel. May we always be looking up to the Light.

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

    Good morning, Joel
    We enjoyed your devotional today.

    A most interesting lesson and analogy Joel. Thank you.
    God Bless and be with you.

    It is true – in dark times we must remember the good times, our blessings, and give thanks to the Lord.

    Very profound message today, Joel. You are a great story-teller which helps bring the biblical message alive! Blessings.

    Another Great Devotional !!
    Blessings to you and your family.

    Thank you for the interesting walk through the process of a banana and for the delightful and memorable reminder of God’s grace.

    Hi Joel,
    I really enjoyed your devotional today and also the one about your grandson and the found homing pigeon.
    Blessings to you and Greta.

    Hi Joel,
    I really enjoyed your devotional today and also the one about your grandson and the found homing pigeon.
    Blessings to you and Greta.

    Good morning,
    I always look forward to your devotionals.
    Today’s really spoke to me.
    Looking forward to more from you.
    God bless.

    Greetings Joel and many thanks for this very informative devotional. It was so interesting reading about how a banana is produced. Our heavenly Father has certainly given us a variety of delightful creations to enjoy in our lives and He truly is the light of our world! Blessings for these special writings you do.

    Goede morgen Maneer Jongkind,
    I hope you remember me. I was born in Toronto, now living in the Netherlands.
    We have a beautiful banana tree and palm trees in our garden!!
    I wanted to show you this morning I was listening to the devotional, and I said wow look at that. It my friend Joel from Netherlands who now is in Meaford.
    I want to say keep up your great devotionals.
    Take care and God Bless you.

    Great word Joel.

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