A Christian’s heavenly journey with his feet on the ground. Treasures shared that are discovered along the way.
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Friday, October 31, 2008

The Apple of His Eye

Our garden is steep and stony. It faces the sea and affords very little shelter against the prevailing salt-laden south westerlies. It can be a hostile environment for all except the right indigenous species. So not the best place for an apple tree, but we have one right outside our kitchen window. The variety is Laxton’s Superb and it’s fruit is crisp, sweet and full of flavour. We feed it and prune it, to keep it healthy and so it doesn’t sprawl too far.

It has surpassed all expectations this year, as the blossom had set well before the strong winds threatened to spoil. Even after the birds, insects and bugs had their fill, there were still plenty for us. We have been harvesting them well into the autumn, until we were left with just one apple, tenaciously clinging on to it’s stem. I decided to leave it until it was ready to drop and each morning as I made my coffee, I regarded it’s delightful rosy globe. It was a real delight to the eye. I came to love that apple, but eventually it’s time was up and yesterday I caught it before it dropped. We had it for lunch. It had reached it’s fruity prime, the best apple we had ever tasted.

If only we would stop what we are doing and give time to stand in Father’s gaze and take in the delight He has in us. When it sinks in deep, that He thinks we are special, when we really see ourselves as he sees us, it is life-changing and sets us up for when the going gets rough.

In other words; to read His Word makes a difference, but to stop and allow God to love us is something else!


“In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye,” Deuteronomy 32:10 New International Version

4 comments :

  1. Mulled Vine said...

    Lovely.

    We once planted an apple tree in our garden, and being particularly inept at gardening were surprised one year when a solitary apple appeared on the young tree. We loved it and cherished it until one day my eldest, who was 2 at the time, waddled in with the apple in her hand, showed it proudly to us and said, "Look, Daddy, I find appuh."

  2. soundofasoftbreath said...

    Great post. great analogy!

    "when we really see ourselves as he sees us, it is life-changing"

    I admit I struggle with this. I beat myself up and worry way to much about what other people think of me when all that really matters is what God the Father thinks.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    peace & grace in Christ,
    brad

  3. Mickmouse said...

    Great to have found your blog.
    God's love for us is unfathomable at times, and we can be so busy 'doing Christianity, ' that we forget the extent of the love that Christ demonstrated that makes it all possible. Had a remonder of that this morning in church too.
    Where are you in Cornwall? Love your pictures, I have some Cornish pictures on my blog too that remind me constantly of the creativity and wonder of the God we serve.
    Blessings
    Michelle
    x

  4. wayfarerjon said...

    I'm glad you have found my blog too. I'm about fifteen miles from you on the coast. I'll have a look at your pics.