Opinion

How do you approach God?

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

I’m told that one of our most popular fruits is the banana.

When you go to peel one, at which end do you start?

Many of us grab the stem end and give it a yank. But if you visit a zoo with primates, at feeding time, you will see that chimps and monkeys and gorillas tend to start peeling their bananas at the stubby end.

I guess they are bright enough to know where the top end is!

Crazy as it sounds, that reminds me of how heaps of people get on with God. Instead of starting at the beginning of our lives, as in our youth or childhood, like at the ‘top end’ of the banana, many of us reckon we might turn to our Maker as we near the end of life’s journey.

The trouble is, none of us usually knows when ‘the stem end’ of our life will happen.

One may live to 100, or might not make it to 30. Only the good Lord knows.

So the next time you go to peel your banana for brekkie, or whenever, give it a think. How am I getting on with God?

Did I start at the top or do I think I can just ‘give the stem a yank’ at the bottom end?

Whether we are aware of it or not, God is waiting for us, loving us, desiring to walk with us in all the seasons of our lives.

Remember your Creator, in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come, and the years approach when you will say, ‘‘I find no pleasure in them’’ (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

~ Contributed by Pastor Jack Lindquist of St Andrew’s Uniting Church, on behalf of the Combined Churches of Deniliquin.