One of the great things about summer is melons. It is true; melons are shipped to our grocery stores all winter. However, those just don’t taste good probably because they are picked while they are green in order to ship them to market. Homegrown melons just taste so much better. Maybe it’s the time of the year. Who wants to eat watermelon for Christmas? But on a hot summer day it is marvelous.
Some people like to put salt on their melons. Others like their cantaloupe with a scoop of ice cream filling the hole in the middle. Do you remember when stores would plug a watermelon for you, and if you did not like the taste they just threw away that melon and let you plug another? Wow, just try that today! Others pick out cantaloupes by smelling the stem end.
According to the book of Numbers one of the foods the children of Israel missed after they left Egypt was melons. The wilderness where they wandered about for forty years was a pretty hot place and melons would have been great. However, they did get manna every morning. But even the best food in the world gets a bit boring when you have it every single day. God has been so good to us. He has filled the earth with a huge variety of good things. What a gracious wonderful God!
Written by Roger Bothwell on July 27, 2000
PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574