Candy Corn

Nine Billion Kernels Of Candy Corn!
Last year, over 15 billion bushels of corn were harvested.  I recently drove to Arthur Mennonite Church and watched countless combines harvesting cornfields. Illinois is the second leading producer of corn!  Corn is an amazingly versatile product used in countless ways.  Some of that corn will go to make the much loved “candy corn”  and now is the time of year when a fresh crop of “candy corn” pops up in the stores.
Amazingly, someone figured out that over nine billion pieces of candy corn are produced each year!  If nine billion pieces are being consumed, somebody out there must really love this candy!
Imagine what each color of the candy corn can represent.
White – The tip of the candy corn is pure white and stands for the purity of God the Father.  He alone is perfect and holy.  
Orange – The color orange reminds us of the flames of the Holy Spirit who appeared on Pentecost.  Since that day, the Holy Spirit comes and lives in each of us who trust in Jesus.  It is the Holy Spirit who takes the seed of God’s Word and grows more faith in our hearts.  
Yellow – Yellow represents the light of Jesus Christ, the Word in flesh. He calls us to be His witnesses. When we scatter the seed of God’s Word, we spread His light and the message of salvation to the world.
The next time you see a bag of candy corn, let it remind you of the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:8-15).  We are called to generously scatter His seed so that all might have the chance to hear about our holy God who lives in our hearts through His Spirit for all to trust in the light of the world, His son Jesus.  
Finally, the candy corn can also be a symbol of prayer.  As it points upward it can remind us to pray.  “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Luke 10:2)  Pray that we can help harvest the field He has before us!
May the sweetness of a piece of candy corn bring a heart of thanks for all that God is bringing to us during this season in life.  Hope you enjoy at least one of those nine billion pieces of candy corn!
Pastor Tom