This morning I got up and grabbed a banana. Banana’s are one of those fruits that one must eat quickly or they rot. It’s also a fruit that I must eat because it helps to keep me alive. I am one of those rare individuals whose body doesn’t absorb potassium, and without it I’ve been known to have one too many seizures.
So, what is so interesting about a banana?
The banana plant is one of the largest flowering plants, and their main or upright stem is called a pseudostem that grows 20 to 24.9 ft tall. Each pseudostem can produce a single bunch of bananas. After fruiting, the pseudostem dies, but offshoots may develop from the base of the plant.
Leaves are spirally arranged and can grow up to 8.9 ft long and 2.0 ft wide. Their leaves are easily torn by the wind, looking as hazard as I do on a bad hair day.
Each pseudostem normally produces what is known as the banana heart. The plant also produces female flowers (which can develop into fruit) and their male flowers appear just below the female flowers. The banana also has an ovary and at the tip of the ovary is where the tiny petals and other flower parts appear.
The banana fruits develop from the banana heart, in a large hanging cluster, made up of tiers (called hands), with up to 20 fruit to a tier. The hanging cluster is known as a bunch, comprising 3–20 tiers, or commercially as a “banana stem”, and can weigh 66–110 lbs.
Individual banana fruits (commonly known as a banana or ‘finger’) average 0.28 lbs, of which approximately 75% is water and 25% dry matter. There is a protective outer layer (a peel or skin) with numerous long, thin strings (the phloem bundles), which run lengthwise between the skin and the edible inner portion.
This morning as I was eating my banana God inspired my heart to look for little clues. The reasons why I have to eat something each day that I don’t like.
So, I looked.
Did you know that a child’s body is 75% water and 25% mass? Each person is born with a heart… and within the heart is what produces the fruit. We also have our protective outer layer (skin) with numerous long, thin strings (veins) that run lengthwise between our skin and our “inedible” inner portions. There are more “similarities” but I found those the most fascinating!
As I was researching the simplicity of a banana I realized that God does provide the nutrients that we need, and if we take a moment to see how life is actually created, what feeds life, and what inspires the heart to want to live life… that is when one can begin to understand life.
I so understand this verse… But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. Luke 8:15
I also realized another thing. Tomatoes are good for the heart and potato’s can look like a heart. I guess if one looks hard enough we can find the heart of God in anything that is good.
ONWARD WITH HEART!