Ripe Bananas

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!!

Ripe Bananas

Written 03/04/12

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:

Enter: Billy

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!

To read more “ripe banana stories,” select the “ripe bananas” category from the drop down menu on the right side of the home page or check out a few of my favorites listed below. New stories are posted every 7-15 days.

        

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5 thoughts on “Ripe Bananas

  1. Hillary!

    Love this story, “ripe banana” stories always fill me with joy. Great ones here. Just incredible. Let me share the works of the Lord.

    A small story I have was not long after I was born again in 2013. I was listening to crickets outside and just enjoying the beautiful sound of it and how God created everything for us to enjoy him through it all. I prayed thanks and praise while I sat in front of my cpu, thinking about how we all, metaphorically, have a cybernetic umbillical chord at times and when it’s severed we are as helpless as can be.

    I prayed that I would always be able to hear his creation and not man’s creation, that I would always hear some crickets wherever I’d move to and… just at that moment a cricket jumped into my computer screen!! Never seen one up close! I picked him up and reunited him with his family outside but it was so amazing. It floored me big time. I used to keep a journal of prayer answers but I stopped trying to keep up and I am really sad that I stopped.

    Then, last year I met a homeless woman actually named Cricket and she was a strong christian woman. The Lord was full of those “coincidences” (not a kosher word) throughout our times together of prayer and talks about God and life struggles.

    When God, the Most High, Lord of all Creation, takes time to interrupt our lives and even mine, wow how humbling it is!

    Another story…
    Around autumn of the year I was born again I was praying, full of pain over my past and health problems and the low possibility I felt any of His future use for me would be. Then a verse came to me as I was praying and crying out to him. Jeremiah 17:14.
    It was a promise.

    Then one day I woke up in the ICU and had no idea what I was doing there but knew the Lord did a miracle and no one could take that from me. It turned out I had a severe traumatic brain injury and was in a ten day coma, had two surgeries and was not expected to survive, or get out with much functionality.

    I was expected to be in the rehab facility for 8 months or so and was only there 8 days. I felt better than I ever have in my entire life. Felt free of so many strongholds. Then eventually my neurosurgeon agreed with me it was a miracle, as well as others. I remember returning to the ICU to visit the staff there and the chapel and I was blown away to see the Charlie Brown Statue out front had my family’s land painted on him.

    I saw the people at the chapel and shared my testimony and the works of the Lord and it was great. I went to the ICU and met the crew and shared my story and thanked them and told them what the Lord did! I had learned when I was in the hospital that right after I got the brain injury, I had a grand mal seizure, then there just happened to be a psychiatric technician riding his bicycle nearby and the off duty sheriff was driving behind.

    I also played bach’s cello prelude in G on my guitar for the staff there and it was a memorable moment.

    Then the next year I am praying about where to go to church and I go to my cousins’ church and the sunday I go, I get a pamphlet about baptism classes and one of the days is the exact day the year before I had my accident. And so i got baptized and shared my testimony that day. The year before, in a pool of blood near death, the year after, standing in the baptismal font proclaiming the works of the Lord!

    Anyways, that last one might be a bit intense, but still. The ripe banana stories in my life sometimes blow me away more than that one. Praise God who loves us so much, even me!

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    • And that verse, Jeremiah 17:14:
      “Heal me O LORD and I shall be healed, save me and I shall be saved for thou art my praise.”

      I hadn’t read much of the OT when I got that verse in prayer, let alone the book of Jeremiah. But the Holy Spirit knows the whole bible very well!

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  2. That’s awesome, how you came to call these testimonies of God’s provision and faithfulness “ripe bananas!” (I love making and eating banana NUT bread! It ain’t bread without nuts! In my humble opinion. 🙂

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  3. Hilary,
    Thank you so much for posting these. It is so encouraging to remember God’s daily activity in our lives!!
    -Wendy

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