Ruby and I did some food shopping before school this morning. Her school, that is, not mine. We also needed to put gas in the car. She helped me pump it. I like Ruby’s company, and this way I took care of one of several chores listed for today.
We strolled the store. We looked at cereal. We picked out soda. We also got meat, honey, and a bunch of other stuff.
Rounding into the produce aisle, we hit up the banana stand. I’ve become more of a banana convert since getting serious about running.
I picked up a bunch, held it and estimated its weight, then put it in the cart.
“Mom, look at that banana,” Ruby said. She pointed at the display.
I looked. One banana sat alone, not attached to any pack. A rare sight indeed.
“It looks…lonely,”Ruby mused. She didn’t like the banana, off by itself. It disturbed her somehow.
She picked up the singular banana and placed it on top of another grouping. Of course, anyone grabbing up the bundle would know it didn’t belong. But this way the crescent-shaped loner could at least *look* like it was part of a large family.
I chuckled. I don’t think of my food having feelings. Ruby does.
I immediately thought of the scripture: God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. – Psalm 68:6
I don’t think bananas are rebellious. Usually. And they thrive in sunny climes. I don’t think the prisoner part applies to this situation, either. But the lonely acquiring a family, yes! Everyone has value and deserves to be included. However, not everyone has a natural family. I’m blessed to have all my parents and in-laws still around. I’ve got siblings and nieces and nephews, not to mention a husband and kids of my own.
Are you an only banana? Look and see if there isn’t a family who would love to add you to their cluster. For those of us who already belong to a tribe, who needs to be in our family? Who are the “lone wolves” who could use companionship? Are we so busy taking care of “us four and no more” that we fail to look outside? As believers, we get to be God’s hands and feet here on earth. With the Lord’s help, I know I can do better.