Have you ever eaten “bend over” peaches? I don’t even know what their real name is or what variety they are, but while visiting Jon and Linda in Spokane, Washington,we went to Beck’s Harvest House in Green Bluff to pick peaches, and the guide told us they had Red Havens, White Havens, and “bend over” peaches. We ended up getting a mix of all three types.The Red Havens and White Havens make perfect pies, but for sheer yumminessif you’re going to eat them fresh, my vote goes to the bend over peaches.
Bend over peaches are the sweetest and best. They melt in your mouth and can only be eaten outside or over a sink, because the juice runs down your arms, and if you don’t bend over, your clothes inevitably get stained!
Since coming home, I’ve been thinking about
how our sweetest and best relationships also require bending over. We reach out, but we also need to bend over…sometimes backward.
(Jon and Gerlinde’s family really bent over backwards to make us feel loved!)In order to truly express love to others, we meet them where they are, and almost none of us are exactly the same height—physically or spiritually! Right? To know someone well, it takes the exercise of all our senses
(physically and spiritually) to engage with them: To see them clearly, to express love through touch, to hear them and have fun with them, to experience their fragrance, and empathize with their pains…and that usually includes bending over to get closer! I wonder how many times I’ve failed to bend over backward
to express love in my friendships. I wonder how many times I’ve gotten “stained” because I didn’t even understand that I should bend, or because I was too proud or inflexible to be willing to bend. I wonder how much I miss of the Lord by not humbly reveling in his goodness, bending my heart to Him and my will to His. He is the best and sweetest friend! “O taste and see that the Lord is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Psalm 34:8).