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Powerful Truths of God Learned from pumpkins

Powerful Truths of God Learned From the Pumpkin Patch Parable

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Inside: Four powerful truths of God learned from the children’s book, The Pumpkin Patch Parable

Halloween can be filled with automated skeletons that pop out at you, walking in the dark, and adults with weird costumes.

Liz Curtis Higgs, the author of more than two dozen books, takes a simple tradition of Halloween and turns it on its head with her sweet and uplifting story, The Pumpkin Patch Parable.

The story follows the path of a pumpkin seed’s transformation to a jack-o-lantern. In addition, scriptures are noted on many of the pages to help with the application of important lessons.

So as I pull out the book and cuddle up with my children under blankets and perhaps some hot cocoa, I am reminded of four powerful truths of God.

1. We all begin as seeds.

Just like for a seed to grow, we must tend to our lives every day. We must continue to strive to become better versions of who we are already meant to be.

God is being patient with you. He does not want anyone to be lost. He wants everyone to change his heart and life.

2 Peter 3:9
How many different types of seeds do you see? Image by Brett Hondow from Pixabay
Just like for a seed to grow, we must tend to our lives every day. We must continue to strive to become better versions of who we are already meant to be. Click To Tweet

2. We are all different but beautiful.

Like the pumpkins in the story, we are all different, but we are all made in God’s image.

My hand made all things. All things are here because I made them, says the Lord.

Isaiah 66:2
Homemade pottery is unique, just like you.
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3. God has a plan.

God has a plan for each and every one of us. Like the farmer in our story, God has to clean out our insides for us to fulfill our purpose.

The pulp in a pumpkin is sticky, gooey, and must be cleaned out before the final step.

Our sin is just like that:

  • Sticky,
  • Gooey
  • And requires God’s continuous purification.

As our children’s story illustrates, when we allow God to purify us and take our sins away to the compost pile, then we open our hearts and lives to a new and unimaginable life. Something unbelievable from looking at a tiny pumpkin seed.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11
Just like the pumpkins, we are full of pulp and sin before being cleaned out.
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4. Be a light.

Finally, like the farmer in the story, we put a light in our pumpkins so we can share the joy and light that only comes from God.

But unlike a candle that withers away, the light our Heavenly Father provides never burns out. God offers us an eternal chance to shine.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds, and glorify your Father in Heaven.

Matthew 5:16

Finally,

As Halloween approaches and you prepare for the festivities I pray for an enjoyable and safe holiday.

Whether you enjoy:

  • Pop-out skeletons jumping out at you
  • Cuddling up by a fireplace,
  • Or prefer to hide out in your warm house from trick or treaters and weird characters

Always remember to whom you belong.

God knows our true character. We can never hide from him. His desire is to come into our lives and be a light to guide us.

To be a light that will never burn out.

So go out into the world and be a light.

In the same way, God the Father offers his children the chance to be made new, full of joy and full of light, shining like stars in a dark world.

Pumpkin Patch Parable

Post updated 9/28/20. Original post: October 2019

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5 thoughts on “A Two Minute Story With 4 Powerful God Truths

  1. Great analogies. I think we can celebrate Halloween in a way that glorifies God. If we withdraw from everything then there is no “light!” We can be in the world but not of it when we do things that reflect God.

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