Having Church Among the Vegetables

DSC_0173-1, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

On the way home, with a short list in my hand, I stopped by the grocery store…and, it was in the produce section among the peppers that I spent most of my time. Piles of the beauties had been stacked high, and the department manager must have come across a great buy, for the colored bells were only 2 for a dollar, and that’s much cheaper than I usually pay. Oh, they were splendid. Mounded high, their colors ranged from deep, almost chocolate red, to a yellow, so clear, it was nearly translucent. A few of the yellows still showed bright green at the stem.

I gently pawed over the offerings and finally picked the ones I wanted and tucked them away in a plastic bag I had pulled from the roll. As I pushed my cart deeper into the vegetable area, I found another large display of peppers and thought the red ones there might be prettier, so I traded in what had been my first choice, and…was finally content with my bag of peppers.

I think I went to church yesterday—there in the produce section of the market. As I selected lush fruit and vegetables, and later as I photographed them, I thought of the Genesis—the beginning—and I imagined God as He designed peppers and their stems and corn with fine silk tassels and the red orbs we call tomatoes and the green globes we know as artichokes.

I read again the splendid story of creation, when God thought, and knew, and designed, and created:

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

And the evening and the morning were the third day.”


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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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7 Responses to Having Church Among the Vegetables

  1. writeathome says:

    Indeed God is a great creator and has given us so many wonderful fruits of the earth to enjoy! That picture of the yellow pepper is giving me a craving for the awesome vegetables my husband cooks on the grill.(not to mention the steaks too.) 😆

  2. cumby says:

    A pretty unique post! But I’m suddenly getting hungry, and of course grateful to Jehovah Jireh, our Great Provider, and must go. 😀

  3. inhisgrace says:

    Isn’t it amazing the variety of food He provides? So close to my heart He is.

  4. Shirley says:

    Carol, I will never forget that delectable meal you and your husband cooked for us that included delicious grilled peppers. Another subject for another post is the joy of fellowship and the “breaking bread” with our friends.

    Have a wonderful day.


  5. Shirley says:

    Hello, Cumby.

    One of the joys of serving Jesus, is that throughout our day, if our eyes are truly open, we see everywhere about us the evidence of our great God. It is the neatest thing to serve Him and to be attuned to Him and His love and provision for us!


  6. Shirley says:

    Good morning, Inhisgrace:

    I love your spirit and your obvious love of our Savior. May He richly bless you today.


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