Message in an Eggplant
How does God speak to you?
Jermarcus Brady, a line cook at Gino's Restaurant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was chopping up eggplants, one of his regular duties, when he noticed something unusual. Three letters written, as clear as day, in the seeds of the eggplant.
"I saw a miraculous image formed by the seeds," Jermarcus told WAFB, a Louisiana news channel. "It spelled out the word God!"
The message was more than a funny coincidence for Jermarcus. He’d been down on his luck before, raising four kids under financial strain, but God has always stuck by him. Those eggplant seeds provided an extra dose of reassurance.
"I don't know what it means,” Jermarcus said. “All I know is it tells me, 'Hey, he's real,' and there's nothing that can change my mind about that."
"You could cut one million eggplants, and you'd probably never see that again, it's that rare," said Gino Marino, co-owner of Gino’s Restaurant. "God is within us and he has different ways of showing it in our lives, and this is just one way of showing it."
Now, I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wish I could receive such a clear-cut sign from God: a message sent through the seeds of my favorite fruit or vegetable (in case you’re wondering, that would be watermelon!).
But I guess that's the thing about miracles. They come in all shapes, sizes and slices. God’s unique way of conversing with us. No two miracles are alike. Sometimes it’s a quiet, inexplicable feeling and other times it’s a remarkable answer to prayer or a 2 x 4 over the head. Whatever the method, though, God knows exactly how to get our attention.
There’s just something comforting about a God who knows us so well–and loves us so dearly–that he meticulously tailors miracles to our personalities, situations and even workplaces, don’t you think?
So the next time I bite into a piece of watermelon, I might take an extra look at the seeds. After all, you never know just how God might surprise you!
Have you ever received an unexpected, unusual or even humorous message from God? Share your miracle below!
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