The boy had opened his conversation with his mom on a summer trip to the grocery. “NO FAIR! These round things without seeds aren’t watermelons! What happened to the other kind with a zillion black seeds? That’s the only kind I want!” the eight-year-old protested.

At the start of the season, Mike realized he had been robbed of his championship status in an event important to him as Olympic competition. Watermelons had changed forever! New and improved? Not to him! No longer could Mike and his brother compete and set a seasonal record for long-distance watermelon seed-spitting from the porch. What was Fourth of July without it? Or the start of the school year?

Appreciating his new interest in ethics and issues his mother asked, “So what are you saying about seedless watermelons?”

“They’re un-American!”

By Halloween, I wonder if scientists’ enthusiasm for genetically-altered fruit means that “grapples” (grapes + apples) take over the floating fruit for “apple bobbing” and pluots (plums + apricots) crowd out grapes and peaches. Whatever happened to God’s originals? And what was wrong with them anyway?

God, the Creator, called plant life “good.” For the Bible reads, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their kinds…And God saw that it was good.” [Genesis 1:11] God, Mike, and I would agree.

Though scientists have played around with DNA on veggies, fruits, and even livestock, in the name of improving the product or the genetics, changing them forever, God doesn’t change.

Need proof?

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27 ~written nearly 3,500 years ago.

“I the Lord do not change.” Malachi 3: 6 ~ penned nearly 2500 years ago.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 ~ recorded over 2,000 years ago.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 70 A.D. ~ written also over 2,000 years ago.

God is a stable foundation in our lives as he had been since the beginning of creation of the earth, of man, of apples and watermelons.

As for Mike and me, we’re hooked on watermelons with big, black seeds – and the contests that go right along with them!

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, available from her website, For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog.]

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Jo’s humor, inspirational stories, articles and devotionals have spanned more than 40 years, with several national writing contest awards for humor. She's a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul—Shaping the New You and Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul.

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