Ripe banana stories are real-life stories demonstrating how “God is FAITHFUL STILL and hears prayer still.” He is not far away (Heb. 13:5), uncaring (1 Peter 5:7) and uninvolved in our lives as some believe Him to be. No, He is beautifully and mysteriously wrapped up in every detail of our day-to-day existence, rejoicing and singing over us (Zeph. 3:17) and despite our complete unworthiness He is always ready and willing to bless us as the gracious, compassionate, perfect Heavenly Father He is (Ps. 103, Matt. 7:7-12).
The following story about Ripe Bananas is one of my favorite examples of God’s amazing love for us. I pray these stories will convince and reassure you that God loves you SOOOOO much! He is and always will be FAITHFUL STILL!!
Almost a year ago to date, my older sister, Vanessa, was busy planning a party for my niece’s 1st birthday. Vanessa has been very diligent to feed my niece a healthy, balanced diet. Rather than having a typical yet very sweet cake for Grace to eat, Vanessa planned to make a small cake out of banana bread and frost it with a thin layer of cream cheese. She was busy all week with various party preparations on top of all her normal duties working and taking care of Gracie. The day before the party arrived and it was time for her to make Gracie’s cake but in all the busyness, she forgot to buy the bananas a few days ahead of time. For you non-banana bread makers out there, banana bread needs to be made with ripe bananas (as in lots of small or medium-sized spots on the peels). They naturally become sweeter as they ripen and when they are soft, they are easier to mash and give the batter the consistency needed to make good banana bread. So there it was, the day before the party and it was too late to buy bananas for Gracie’s cake. She had no other ideas of what to make. She did not want to give Gracie something with dyes, preservatives or other artificial ingredients nor did she want to serve the cupcakes I had made for the guests without having something special for Grace to enjoy.
Yes, we realize this is a pretty petty scenario, not the end of the world by any means! But this is precisely the point! God is in the smallest of circumstances and as crazy as it sounds, the God who made the universe and sustains it by his powerful word (Col. 1:16-17, Heb. 1:3) cares about the most trivial things in our lives simply because He loves us! Now back to the story:
Gracie’s dad, Billy came into town later in the afternoon because her birthday was the next day. Awhile later, Vanessa mentioned to Billy her predicament about not having ripe bananas and not knowing what else to make for Grace.
Enter: God’s sovereignty
Now you must know Billy is not an avid banana eater nor is he in the habit of buying a large bunch all at once nevertheless driving around with them in his truck all week! But earlier in the week Billy had done just that. Billy had eaten several throughout the week but in God’s sovereignty, anticipating Vanessa’s need long before she did, He had waiting in Billy’s truck, three ripe bananas. Not one, not two, but three perfectly ripe bananas. Exactly what the recipe called for.
Everyone has their own Ripe Bananas stories.
I encourage you to share them often (you are welcome to share yours in the comment box at the bottom of the page!) not only to encourage others but also to remind yourself for we are all prone to forget how,
“From the fullness of his grace, we have all received one blessing after another.” ~ John 1:16
If you disagree, I challenge you to ask the Lord to open your eyes to the simple ways He shows His love to you each and every day. I am certain He is eager to grant such a request to any who ask in faith.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that He exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” ~ Hebrews 11:6
He truly is involved in the smallest details of our lives. Oh how He loves us!