One of my biggest loves about autumn are the pumpkins and scarecrows. I have a passion for pursuing new and personality-ladened ones to add to my collection, or just to admire. Hence, my wonderful husband tolerates this adventure because he knows I will eventually make his favorite autumn dessert: No-bake pumpkin pie. But it makes sense why the post, Scarecrows In A Cucumber Field by Paul David Tripp, caught my attention so dramatically. And it was nice to be reminded that scarecrows are mentioned in the Bible.
The physical, created world is full of engaging and entertaining delights to enjoy, but it is essential to remember that nothing it contains can give you the life that your heart longs for. The pleasures of the created world were carefully crafted to point to the One who alone can give your heart eternal satisfaction.
Jeremiah 10:1-16 eloquently states this very truth and mentions the scarecrows. 😉 Tripp also says:
The battle to replace the spiritual glories of the Creator with the physical glories of the creation will greet and grip us every day. It is a constant and inescapable struggle. We will be tempted to worship our bodies, pleasure, wealth, possessions, the security of a location, the acceptance of a flawed person—while at the same time forgetting the spiritual glories of intimate communion with the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, the great Creator.
For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.Romans 1:25
One of my main reasons for my “no dairy, no sugar” fast each September, is to refocus and not allow what I eat to become what I worship. And yet, one month a year is not enough. I want it to be a way of life. It does not mean I cannot set aside a day for cake and ice cream as we celebrate a birthday or have a yummy pumpkin cream cold brew from Starbucks for a treat. But it does mean I will not have sugar or dairy daily. There will be days of the week I will be fasting from it. I never want the things of this world to get in the way of my relationship with my heavenly Father. And as I seek to focus on the spiritual glories of an intimate communion with my heavenly Father, I can honestly say the month of September had me leaning hard into Him as I struggled fasting from dairy and sugar, experienced an eye problem that resulted in a retina tear, flew to Colorado, ate out more than usual, and what has been the “heaviest” for my whole family: finding out, September 2, that my Louisiana nephew has Leukemia. Then “immediate treatment action” had him at MD Anderson where he and my brother are walking through this journey aided by an army of prayer warriors and God’s amazing Grace!
Scarecrows are not necessary in a cucumber field because of the large leaves that mask the cucumbers from the crows. Where do you waste your time trying to find ultimate satisfaction?