THE PUMPKIN PARABLE
by Martha Hadley
A few years ago, my sister, Jeanne, passed on an email to me that had the pumpkin parable in it. It’s a wonderful illustration of God’s redeeming love and forgiveness.
Every autumn I’m reminded of this parable when I see a pumpkin:
‘Being a human being is like being a pumpkin.
God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff– including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc.
Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see!”
While carving your pumpkin this season try using the pumpkin parable as a creative and fun way to teach your kids about Jesus. Using some creativity in sharing the Gospel with family and friends can really get the message across in a meaningful and sometimes fun way. Remember, home is where the harvest is.
So, how about having a pumpkin carving party! Gather your kids and friends together (whether they’re young or old… because we’re all pumpkins) and let them talk to you about what’s yucky in them that needs to be scooped out. You can make a game out of it by saying ‘I’m scooping out my gossiping, how about you?…I’m scooping out my selfishness…how about you?’ and go around the group as you scoop.
You can even put the yucky stuff, which represents our sin, in a bowl and place it at the foot of a cross for extra significance.
Another idea is to do what Jesus does. He transforms the ‘yucky’ in us. You could take those seeds and find a recipe for toasting them in the oven and then what used to be yucky becomes yummy!
Be sure to talk about how Jesus puts his light inside each of us to shine for the world to see. ‘No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.” Luke 8:15-16
Think about if we put a candle in an un-scooped pumpkin it would barely be visible as it sank down into the slimy gooey stuff – and the light would be snuffed out by all the gunk! The same applies to us. We continually need to remove the yucky stuff from our lives, so that others can see our light.
And finally, remember that every pumpkin’s carvings are unique. So let the Carver design His artistry in you, because He delights in doing so!
Love in Christ,
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7