Updated: Mar 16, 2020
Does anyone remember learning in school about the Scopes' Trial that took place in 1925? In that trial, William Jennings Bryan took a passionate stand against Darwinism. However, I learned something this week that I did not know about Bryan. I learned that he is also well known for his watermelon story that illustrates the creative power of God.
Bryan's story went something like this - he spoke of how one tiny seed was planted, watered, and heated by the sun. From somewhere, Bryan explained, that tiny seek drew in matter two hundred times its own weight and forced it through a narrow stem to create a forty-pound watermelon. But where, he wondered, did the watermelon receive its shiny green coat, the white rind, or the juicy red pulp, interlaced with thousands of seeds capable of doing the same thing all over again? Where does the watermelon get its flavor or coloring? How did that little seed build a watermelon? As Bryan stated, "The most learned man in the world cannot explain a watermelon. And until you can explain a watermelon, he noted, you cannot set limits on the power of the Almighty".
Besides being a fascinating story, here's the point - if God can do all of that with a watermelon seed, is there anything in your life too difficult for Him to accomplish? I often hear people say, "I can't change", "I can't do that", "I can't face that". Mary told us after the angel informed her that she was pregnant with the Son of God, "with God nothing is impossible". Maybe with all the stuff of life you've faced you have given up on a God who can do the impossible. Today, remember the lesson of the watermelon that reminds us that we have a great and mighty God who does above and beyond what we can imagine.
Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night so you'll get that extra hour of sleep. And since you'll get an extra hour of sleep, you'll be fresh and ready to come to church Sunday morning. We'll learn the secret of putting off the old and putting on the new.
See you Sunday,