It’s that time of year again~ time for hoodies & boots, for bonfires & s’mores, for raking leaves & jumping in them, for caramel apples & hot cider. Yes, it is that wonderful time of year…Fall! But one of my absolute favorite things about this time of year is picking out pumpkins. I love picking the pumpkins not only to see the kiddos run through the pumpkin patch, but also because of the great message of faith we find in carving a pumpkin. So, as you make your jack-o-lantern this Fall, think about these steps and how you are God’s lil’ pumpkin!
Step 1: Wash your pumpkin – “We’re not a pumpkin, but we’re kind of like one. God picks us from the patch, brings us in and washes us clean. Just like a pumpkin, we have an inside and an outside. People only see the outside, but God sees the inside as well.”
– 1 Samuel 16:7 – “The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Step 2: Carve an opening in the top of the pumpkin large enough to fit your hand into – “God wants to change our inside, but the only way he can do it is if we become open to Him.” – Revelation 3:20 – Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
Step 3: Put your hand in and pull out the insides – “God scoops out all the yucky stuff, the sin, in our lives. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, impurity and greed. Jesus was willing to get messy for us…He died on the cross to cleanse us from all our sins.” – Ezekiel 36: 25b – 27 – I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws
Step 4: Carve the eyes and smiling face – “Jesus gives you a new smil-ing face. When all the yucky stuff (sin) is gone, you feel so happy!” – Proverbs 23:26 – My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways.
Step 5: Add a votive candle to the inside of the pumpkin – “If we leave the pumpkin empty, it will just be hollow. We need God’s light inside of us to make us alive! When Jesus lives inside of you, you can glow! You will want to tell people about him, be kind to others and bless others more than yourself.” – John 8:12 – “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Shining the light of Christ with you,