Filled With Food and Gladness

by Michael E. Brooks
springflowers43.jpg“…We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them, who in bygone generations allowed all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless he did not leave himself without witness, in that he did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:15-17 NKJV).
Gardening is a year round occupation in Bangladesh. This country does not have frost or freezing weather, so they enjoy a twelve month growing season.
Different types of rice are grown, depending on the amount of rain and the variations of temperatures of the particular seasons, of which there are basically only two – “summer” (rainy season) and “winter” (dry season).
Winter temperatures can get down as low as the forties for a few nights in December and January, but mostly are quite mild. Various fruits and vegetables are also grown in their own particular seasons.
Currently the garden at Khulna Bible College is producing an abundance of carrots, beans, greens, okra, and various squashes. Fruit trees that are now producing, or will very soon, include the papaya, mango, “cherry” (not the same as that grown in the U.S.), jamrul, and guava. The watermelon sized jackfruit will soon be ripening. This produce is not only enjoyable to eat, and nutritious, but adds beauty and pleasure to our landscape.
In his sermon at Lystra, the apostle Paul cited the beauty and goodness of the earth’s produce as evidence for the existence and nature of God. He is not a dead “useless” idol, but a living creator who has “filled our hearts with food and gladness.”
The abundant blessings we receive in life prove not only the power and wisdom of God, but his essential goodness and love.
Those who are further from the equator in the northern hemisphere are enjoying the beauties of spring, with the greening of the trees, blooming of flowers and shrubs, and perhaps some early crops of vegetables and fruit.
When one smells a rose, sees a brilliant field of daffodils, or tastes a fresh strawberry, he is enjoying the gift of a loving heavenly Father, whose power and might were used to great advantage for mankind. His response should be one of faith and gratitude. Let us pray as we teach our children, “God is great, God is good, God we thank thee for our food!”

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