I love clementines.
I don’t really like to pray.
Yeah, that’s what I said. I love clementines but I don’t really like to pray.
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I’ll break it down for ya with a story (shocker, right? haha)
About two months ago, clementines apparently went out of season. Maybe this is not news to anyone else, but I had no idea that clementines went “out of season” so much that they wouldn’t carry them in the stores. I mean, oranges are there year-round, right? So, what’s up with clementines?
I don’t know, but they were out of season… and my main standby was suddenly gone! Mind you, I was eating clementines three or four times a day, so this left a huge hole in my “go to” habits.
Well, I have not stopped craving them.
Alright, that’s the clementine background. Now for the prayer… and the two will intersect in a moment, so stay with me.
I have also recently realized as I constantly evaluate why this covenant has become “meh” to me lately, that along with not keeping up with my bible reading, I have also not been praying. Like… at all. The bible stuff, eh, I’d get in a verse here and there, but honestly… I was just NOT talking to Jesus. or God. or the Holy Spirit.
Yeah, that is not good.
So, the other day after realizing this, I prayed… a little prayer… nothing too risky or emotional or anything…
God… ummmmmm… I’m really having some trouble lately. I don’t know what’s wrong, but… maybe you could help me figure out what is wrong? [This is my way of asking for wisdom, by the way.] I don’t really want fruit… well, I mean, I’d love a clementine, but they are out of season. Anyway… Amen.
And that was it. No more prayer. No more thinking about it. Just… it.
And then my husband went to the store to get something for an upcoming business trip he is going on and he got some fruit while he was there… and in that bag… was a sack of clementines.
I’ll admit… my mouth dropped open in shock. My mind immediately went to that prayer. And I got those God goosebumps.
And I opened up a clementine, and it was the most amazing fruit ever… even better than pineapple.
None of the other clementines have been that good… in fact, they haven’t been good at all really. They obviously are… out of season.
But that one… that one darling clementine… well, it was no earthly clementine… that was an answered prayer. that was an “I Love You”. that was a reminder. like a rainbow that the world would not flood again…
That was God.