Please welcome the first guest post by my sister, Andi Hindes:
Picking the right pumpkin is like picking the right friend. We want them to meet our every need, laugh at all our jokes, encourage us when we are down, they have to be just right on the outside too, perfect color not to light, not too dark, roundness and texture both aligned.
After touching it and holding it, and looking at it for a minute, we say, “yes, this is the right one for me!”
We take the pumpkin home in excitement, waiting to carve it. Several days pass before deciding that today is the day we are going to carve it.
We lay the pumpkin down on old newspaper as we begin the process, with the necessary tools by our side. Some might plan their design while others just start cutting away, shaping, sculpting and forming, as they go.
We cut a circle around the top, and then off it comes, pulling the string of seeds along with them. We breathe in the powerful odor; this is the first time, this pumpkin as been opened like this before.
We clean out the inside by grabbing the gooey, slimly, slippery, smelling, guts, pulling and scraping off the sides until the pumpkin has met our standards.
After we are done we place “our light” into the empty space and they glow for others to see. Are we trying to make them pretty, scary, neutral or just like us? Or is our creation just a mirror image of ourselves?
Just as we choose our own pumpkin to carve, God chooses us. He scans the field carefully, then picks us up, say “ah, yes, this is the right one to do the job.” He places us in our environment and starts to cut. Pulling out the strings of our shortcomings, pulling out the gooey, slimy, slippery things we try to hide, and bury from others. Then He carefully, and slowly carves us into his image, the way he wants us to be, for his glory, kingdom and earth. This process is always continuous, yet he never gives up. Even though he is not done with his creation, he puts his light into our soul, and we shine for others to see!
This fall, whose hands are touching your dark, hidden insides while shaping, carving and sculpting you? Your friends, family or the ultimate creator?