A Story of Life:
Fallen Apple – Broken Limb
A Little Golden Apple
Once upon a time there was a little golden delicious apple growing on a tree. The apple clung to the branch that lovingly held it to the parent tree. The apple was happy hanging out on the tree with similar fruit. As the little apple grew, the fruit it produced also grew in quality and quantity. During its time of growth, there were also times of pruning. Some of the green leaves growing near the yellow apple were snipped by the pruning shears in order for more growth to take place within the fruit. The little apple would be nervous when the shears came near, but it tried to learn its lessons. (John 15:1-8)The little apple increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:52 NKJV)
A Not-So-Little Golden Apple
As time passed and the apple grew, new aspirations grew within the heart of the not-so-little apple. This piece of fruit knew that it was chosen by God to go forth and bear fruit that would have lasting affects. (John 15:16) The not-so-little apple was learning that there was more to life than just hanging out with other nearby fruit. After conversations with God and friends, the apple felt like it had received further direction for its life. Being an apple, one of this fruit’s favorite scriptures was, “Timely advice is as lovely as golden apples in a silver basket.”( Proverbs 25:11 Living Bible) This not-so-little apple felt that God wanted it to share insights, or timely advice, through writing a blog. The apple wanted to become “advice” or food to be placed into the “baskets” or lives of other people. After all, had the apple not heard that one is to taste and see that the Lord is good? (Psalm 34:8) So, the not-so-little apple wanted to be a piece of fruit providing a taste of God for others.
A More Mature Golden Apple
Beginning in February 2013, the more mature golden apple was happy to be a fulfillment of being “a word fitly spoken like apples of gold in settings of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11 NIV) That is, until June 9, 2013. On that day, the apple fell off its tree! The apple now had bruises that had to be discarded before parts of its fruit could even be considered for applesauce. Any words that might want to be “fitly spoken into settings of silver” now found themselves fitted into a cast after the setting of its right arm. Oh dear! Did that mean the golden life of the apple was over? No! The more mature apple knew it was still the apple of God’s eye. (Deuteronomy 32:10) Thanks to the help of similar fruit it hung around with, life continues beyond a fall. This apple is well cared for and fed. Words of the blog are typed more slowly with the left-handed one finger method along with the assistance of other helping hands. The apple just needs to remember that it can do all things through Christ who gives it strength. (Philippians 4:13) It still can bear fruit.
Moral of this Story:
Most likely you have come to understand that I am the apple of this story. My Reader, I have chosen to share this experience with you because not everything in life goes perfectly for any of us, even when choosing to live for Christ and to be obedient to Him. Romans 8:28 says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” God has a greater purpose for our lives than we can begin to currently comprehend. Our falls and failings can and will be used for God’s glory if we will allow the Lord to use us in the ways He desires. We need to cling to the Lord’s promise in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that assures us that He will make all things beautiful in His time.