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What’s the Big Deal? Parable of the Green Pumpkin

In hopes of harvesting dozens of orange pumpkins come Halloween, my “farmer wife” and I optimistically buy a flat of greenhouse-started pumpkin plants each May. Then we lovingly welcome them into our garden.

This summer I was particularly dazzled by the vigor of the vine, as it sent its tentacles many directions in an effort to dominate our modest plot. True to form, this summer we had a multitude of large yellow blossoms. However by early October I could find only one emerging pumpkin.

[caption id="attachment_144" align="alignnone" width="300"]This pumpkin isn't orange. Why is this pumpkin still green?[/caption]

But joy! That one lonely pumpkin was steadily growing—and its size and shape was one of our all-time best. Yet, to my disappointment, day after day, despite my kind words and coaxing, it remained dark green. It was green at the beginning of October and green in the middle of October. It was green the week before Halloween—and it is still green more than a week after Halloween.

This is a problem: pumpkins are supposed to turn orange—and mine is still green! Everyone knows that pumpkins are orange. In fact, in the dictionary, the word pumpkin is even a color! Pumpkins are the definition of not only a particular kind of vegetable but also a particular orangish color. That wonderful color is so bright and radiant, pleasing and appealing. My pumpkin is deficient--lacking one of its defining features. Maybe it is wrong to label it a pumpkin.

Perhaps you will be encouraged to know that when I now examine the pumpkin closely, I have found two smallish areas that now have some orangish tinge. But at this rate, even if winter were avoided, I am not sure it would become orange by next Halloween.

So why is my pumpkin still predominantly green in November? Maybe we planted it too late. More likely we didn’t water it enough. But I suspect the major reason was that it didn’t get enough direct light, as it was partially in the shade of the house. Mea culpa.

A parable? I hope when I meet in person our Maker, God doesn’t look at me and say: “Yes, you are one of my children but why are you still so green when I wanted you to become orange?”

2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory are being transformed into his image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

P.S. When I finally give up all hope of the pumpkin turning orange, then I will open it up and see how it looks inside. Will it be like other pumpkins or will it be different? If I open it up and find something significant, I will tell you.

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