Now it is facing extinction.
Big Mike was the preferred banana until the early 1960s when it was all but wiped out by a fungus called Panama disease, a relative of the Dutch Elm disease.
In lue of going without bananas, the industry switched to the Cavendish banana.
Wherever you go in the world, the Cavendish banana looks the same. It has been perfected. But a new version of the Panama disease is now threatening the Cavendish crops. Soon, we may have to face eating our average of 26.2 pounds of bananas per year from a different species of banana.
Perfection is overrated. We thought we’d fixed the banana problem, and here it goes again. Life seems to be that way as well.
Every time we find that we have managed to determine that:
- We are not in control
- God is in control
- We ask Him to fix things instead of trying to do it ourselves
Every time we find we are able to forgive ourselves and accept forgiveness, forgive others, and forgive God, life changes. A new situation, a new blight hits us in the face.
So if we aren’t trying to be perfect, what is it all about?
It’s about the Journey.
Paul, talked about this journey to the Philippians: (I am) confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Have you ever felt like there was “rot” in your life, things that you just couldn’t overcome?
Some days it seems that just as you get one Panama Disease destroyed another one crops up.
You have a Creator who loves you. He knows you down to your molecules, and He loves you.
More than that, He has a purpose for you. Not a purpose like a cog in a wheel, but a purpose that will fit exactly with your personality, limitations and abilities. Nothing about you surprises God, yet He has a purpose for your life.
Your purpose isn’t to be perfect. He is the one who does the perfecting. We just let Him do it.
We are powerless, God is Powerful, We let Him do it.