Are you a fan of pie? Well, my mother can rock any kind of pie there is, and would honestly put Martha Stewart to shame. She has a very special gift to make the fluffiest of pie crusts. I honestly don’t even like pie, but when I see the little pieces of brown sugar glaze on her pie crust, it calls my name.
It’s blueberry season, and when you pair fresh wild blueberries and her flaky pie crust it makes a divine dish of sweet heavenly goodness. We are very fortunate to have a multitude of blueberries growing close to where my parents live, and my parents take full advantage of this little gold mine.
From now until the end of the season they will live there, most days, picking a two liter dish each. When they get home from picking in the fields, my parents will sort through each berry individually making sure only the perfect of berries are kept for usage. They clean them and then freeze bags and bags of the little blue wonders for later use to bring that fresh summer feeling to the cold winter months ahead.
Blueberries are really a great example of what blessings nature brings to us without any effort at all. These are found in most people’s back yards for a short period of time every year. What we choose to do with these blessings are up to each individual person. My mother and father take full advantage of them, picking, cleaning and storing them for later usage when times get bleak.
Nature is one of God’s beautiful creations, and this was always driven home to my father who was raised in a very Christian family. My father always taught me that through nature, God is able to teach us, speak to us, and provide for us. My grandmother took full advantage of every different berry when it was in season, and it is such a special gift that is passed down through the generations of my family.
My father was explaining all the benefits of these little blue wonders to my children when they arrived with the sugar ridden pie for us to pollute our bodies with. Blueberries have been labeled a “super-food”. They are very low in calories and packed with vitamins and minerals. These puppies are supposed to be the King of Antioxidant food, having the highest antioxidant capacity of all commonly consumed fruits and vegetables. Blueberries reduce DNA damage, which could help fight ageing. They also protect cholesterol in the blood from becoming damaged. These power berries are thought to lower blood pressure, help prevent against heart disease and have an anti-diabetic effect. These little blue babies can even help with brain development and improve your memory. There is a substance in them that can prevent urinary tract infections and can help with muscle repair after strenuous exercise.
Can you believe all the blessings that are packed into this one little berry? If one berry can have so many blessings crammed inside of them, imagine all the blessings that are actually placed inside each and every one of us! Some people are naturally intelligent. Others are naturally athletic. Some people are naturally artistic. Some people are naturally good with numbers. We all have our gifts and a multitude of them. Are you using your gifts to the fullest of your potential? That is the question.
Psalms 104:24-25 tells us, “How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.” God is the creator of every living thing, big and small and if he has packed many great blessings in each and every one of us.
Sometimes I think we take for granted the things that we are good at, and don’t take advantage of our own seasons, like my parents take advantage of blueberry season. Start to take a long look at your gifts and think about how you could be using them to help better yourself, your family, your community and most importantly God. He gave you your gifts to help others, just like these little blue miracle berries. You just have to ask him what he’d like you to do, and he will guide your way and make you just as miraculous as these sweet blueberries!