Today I felt God saying that for this week’s postcard I should paint an apple. So here it is. My favourite kind, a sweet crunchy Gala. Yum.
Shortly after I painted it, my youngest asked if she could eat it, and as she is still a bit short in the front teeth department, whether I would mind cutting it up for her.
I wonder if what God is trying to say to me today is in there somewhere. The good news about Jesus is the sweetest, most beautiful, healthy ‘food’ we could ever have the joy to taste. But it’s also easier to eat if it’s cut up into chunks.
The advent season is a wonderful time to talk about Jesus, about the extraordinary miracle of God becoming a helpless child, about that tiny baby who was also the Saviour of the World, about the stories of shepherds and wise men and how they responded to him, and about how we choose to respond to him.
Advent is a time when faith conversations naturally start, so watch out for opportunites, and when you see them, don’t be ashamed to catch the moment and join in with what God is doing in people’s lives.
But, (and here’s where my picture comes in) don’t feel like you have to give them the whole apple.
Cut it up and hand out some slices. The gospel is biiiig. It’s much easier to digest in little chunks. And it’s also possible to share it out while remembering to eat some of it ourselves!
And, you know, when people taste that sweetness, many of them will come back for more.
I don’t know about you, but I like this picture. It takes the pressure off a bit, and I need that at this time of year!
But it also helps me to think that it might just be possible to join in with the conversations God is having with my family and friends this advent, and to have some conversations with God of my own in amongst all the pre-Christmas chaos. And that would be good.