Welcome to ‘Cucumber Valley’
Elkins Church of God of Prophecy
Greetings in the name of our Almighty Jehovah God the Father, His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, soon coming King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and their mighty Holy Ghost!
As I’m thinking ahead for spring to blossom, I hope to get your taste buds desiring those ramps and other delights, as the mountains and fields yield their fruits, herbs, plants and garden vegetables.
How about some nice sliced cucumbers in a salad with ranch dressing? They are available in many varieties throughout the year, in the produce section of most grocery stores. I love to eat those sliced cukes with ranch dressing!
One summer, as when I was much younger, circa 1975-1977, my grandmother, Sarah J. Pyles, and my dad, George W. Pyle, experienced a tremendous bumper crop of cucumbers around their dwellings on our old Pyle family homestead. It’s located near the Catawba Indian warpath on Buckeye Road, near Dunkard Creek, along the Mason-Dixon Line in rural Core, Monongalia County.
This area was close to where those famous surveyors from England, Mason and Dixon, placed the last stone marker on the Greene County, Pennsylvania-Monongalia County border.
That one special season, in the mid 1970s, those gardens yielded the plumpest, greenest and most plentiful variety crop of cucumbers we’d ever witnessed! During that summer, my dad would answer his telephone by saying: “Cucumber Valley.”
Other folks’ gardens around us, as well, produced a blessed harvest of various cucumbers. We had pickles, pickles and more pickles!
We remember the Andy Griffith episode with Aunt Bea’s and Clara’s recipes to make pickles. Little Roy Lewis would say: “Lord we’ve had pickles soft and pickles tough, but Lord, don’t you think we’ve had enough.”
Now there are biblical and nutritional proportions for us to consider.
In the Old Testament book of Numbers chapter 11, KJV, it speaks of the Israelites complaining about having no flesh to eat. They were tired of “manna,” God’s provision, raining from above. God was ready to send them quail to eat. Verses 5-6 reads: “We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; The cucumbers, and the melons and the leeks, and the onions and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna before our eyes.”
They missed the gardens of Goshen in Egypt, but forgot the bondage that held them captive! When we displease the Lord by complaining, we reap the consequences. God has told us that we cannot live by bread alone. When we ask him by faith to give us our daily bread, he provides!
God speaks to backslidden Israel again in Isaiah 1:8 “And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a ‘Garden of Cucumbers,’ as a besieged city.” Gardens were probably unfenced with planting those seeds in some fertile spot in the open field. We need God to surround and fence us with His divine love and protection or we will grow wild as the grassy fields and our dwellings be abandoned!
From a nutritional perspective, Genesis 1:29 reminds us “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed: to you it shall be for meat.”
After Noah and the the great deluge, the Lord gave us animal meat to consume. “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.” Genesis 9:3
Most vegetables have great medicinal and nutritional value. From the Facebook page, “Enjoy Healthy Life,” we discover the many virtues of cucumbers. Cucumbers are are high in water and low in calories so they are excellent for weight loss. Moreover, they are also rich in fiber and thus help digest and prevent constipation.
Cucumbers are high in three lignans, which prevent various cancer types such as breast, ovary, prostate and uterus cancer. Cucumbers also are high in minerals including potassium, magnesium and silicon, which are needed for numerous, functions of the body. Fiber, magnesium and potassium, all of which are found in high levels in cucumbers, regulate blood pressure. The juice of cucumbers is rich in a hormone that is needed for pancreatic cells to produce insulin. Cucumbers are loaded with water, which eliminates the waste from the body, and even dissolves kidney stones. They are rich in vitamins C, A and B, which boost immunity and energize the body, according to “Enjoy Healthy Life.”
Silicon in cucumbers strengthens the joints, and the connective tissues, and if mixed with carrots, it treats gout and arthritis pain by reducing uric acid.
Talk with your physician, consume veggies, meat and have a balanced diet. Remember! it is God that has given us all these things. Seek the Lord! Jesus is coming soon! “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should have eternal life!” John 3:16