This time of year, signs and stands line the country roads… Whole families dot the fields, hunched over, bent down, tasting, picking, laughing… Visions of pie, shortcakes, jams and jellies dance in their heads…
One of the many things I love about our move back to Michigan. Its almost magical how God can turn the harshest winter in a 100 years into a spring more full of life than I’ve ever seen and a summer bountiful with His goodness! Strawberries fill the fields, soon it will be raspberries, blueberries, then the gardens will start to come in and we will be blessed with all the wonders God has allowed us to grow in this fertile land. Its probably more amazing to me, having lived in the desert for the past 18 years, but some days I’m speechless at the life pulsing all around me here. Its amazing how far from God we can feel sometimes when we are in the middle of a desert, how we would give anything for just a taste of that life giving water. When the ground all around is brown and dry and cracked, when it seems like no life can be squeezed out of the emptiness, and then you are thrust into life all around you green and new and bright and wonderful, at first its a shock to the senses. You think there’s no place for me in this world, that the desert has crept into my soul, but His life giving Grace reaches deep into our hearts and pulls out the best of us in the times we feel most incapable. In the times when life seems like an all consuming desert, so dry, so hard to go on, that maybe it’s easier just to run back to what’s easy and familiar, it’s holding onto Him that has gotten us through. Now I feel like we are ready to receive His harvest, with glory and praise and thanksgiving! God’s amazing that way. He has a way of pulling us out of the desert, even when we can’t see past our selves. And He provides us with new life. All we have to do is ask for it.
“In a desert land he found him,
in a barren and howling waste.
He shielded him and cared for him;
he guarded him as the apple of his eye”
– Deuteronomy 32:10
Easy Strawberry Pie
1 1/2 cups crushed Cinnamon Sugar Graham Crackers
1/4 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Butter, melted
3/4 cup Sugar
2 tablespoons Cornstarch
1 cup Water
1 package Strawberry Jello
4 cups fresh sliced Strawberries
1. Mix together Crust ingredients and Press in a greased 8 or 9 in pie plate.
2. Place crust in refrigerator to set.
3. In a small saucepan heat water, cornstarch and sugar until thickened.
4. Remove from heat and stir in package of jello.
5. Arrange strawberries in crust and pour jello mixture over.
6. Refrigerate until set.