There is a story my mom used to tell about me when I was a little girl. My family was invited to share dinner with dear friends. Upon arrival, I took one look at what was being served and exclaimed, "Ooooh, squash! I hate squash!" Of course, this was a royal embarrassment to my parents, but it is a story that for many years brought about a good chuckle.
Well, as we all know, as you grow older, many of your taste-buds change and you begin to eat things as an adult you never dreamed of liking as a child. And so, fast forward to the summer of squash!
During a time of unemployment, our finances were very tight. That summer, however, God provided in that we had a fantastic and plenteous garden. And what grows better in any garden than "Ooooh...zucchini squash"? Needless to say, I learned to cook and eat zucchini squash in more ways than Carter has pills (as the old saying goes). And I tried to do so with a grateful heart. Plus, my dear mom would have been so very proud of me!
Finally, towards the end of summer, I told my husband, Joel, "Go pull out the zucchinis! Enough is enough!" To my delight, I heard his sweet answer, "Yes dear." And so the zucchinis were tossed aside, the roots exposed and drying.
"But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes." (Numbers 11:6)
Well, much to our surprise, the zucchinis continued to grow and blossom and produce before our very eyes, exposed roots and all! And they continued growing right through the end of the season. And so, humbly, I continued to pick. Humbly, I continued to cook. And humbly, I continued to eat — with, I might add, a grateful heart and a chuckle at God's sense of humor on our behalf.
"And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live." (Deuteronomy 8:3)
The older I have grown, my taste buds surely have changed, and I love a variety of foods I never enjoyed as a child. No, I am still not a fan of liver, but you know what? Zucchini (God's summertime manna) doesn't seem to taste too bad after all.