And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff. Numbers 13:23 (KJV)
One afternoon, while washing grapes, I thought about the Bible story where God told Moses to send scouts into Canaan to see what types of people lived there. They returned carrying some of the fruits of the land. Moses was surprised to see huge grapes needing two men to carry them. My grapes were puny compared to the ones in that story. It would seem like heaven to buy grapes as big as oranges, carrots as large as bowling pins, and apples as large as saucers.
The grapes of Canaan were evidence of fertile land promised to the Israelites by God. But, it would only come by believing God's promise. The spies liked the land, liked its fruit, and even held it in their hands; but they were afraid of the giants who dwelled there.
Joshua and Caleb had a different spirit; one that trused God's Work and recognized His provision.
As I finished washing my small grapes, I praised God for His promises to me, and asked for continued faith and strength to walk in them daily.
Lord, help us to keep our minds stayed on Your sweet promise for the brightest of futures with You as our reigning King. We trust You to take care of all our needs as we walk in Your provision. Amen
(c) 2011 E. Bonnie Ryan