Among other ways to observe the Independence Day holiday, July 4th is traditionally the time of year when the wild black raspberries down by our creek are ready to pick; so this morning John and I packed everyone into the truck and embarked upon our berry picking adventure.
These are John’s observations while we were picking black raspberries this morning:
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:17-19)
“Picking black raspberries is an example of God’s provision for us. The food is free for our taking and we will enjoy the raspberry jam this winter, but it is also an excellent example of the curse because in order to pick the raspberries, we have to fight the heat and the thorns. When I draw my hand back from the berry bush, it is scratched and covered in blood and reminds me that blood is required to atone for sin and the curse.” (And if I may add, it reminds me of another bloodied hand which DID atone for sin and the curse.)
I guess it is appropriate that as we celebrate our country’s freedom, we also celebrate the One who has truly set us free.