You Can Learn A Lot From An Apple!

We have a small orchard and recently I was cutting up the apples to make some applesauce. Most all of them had some sort of blemish on them, but what really mattered was what was beneath the skin. Some had a tiny little hole and looked practically perfect. When I cut it open it was black and destroyed inside.  I kept thinking, "this should have been such a great apple! Now there is hardly anything useful left once I cut off all the gross parts." Others were kinda lumpy from hail damage but just fine inside.

My apple session really got me thinking about sin and how we can sometimes hide it really well, but it can do great damage. "Storms" can come and cause damage as well, but they don't have to ruin what is on the "inside." I'm grateful that I have a Savior who can heal and restore and forgives.  I'm also grateful that I can't hide from him, otherwise, like some of my apples, I'd be ruined and of no use to him.  Apple after apple, I felt the Lord reminding me not to let sin get a foothold in my life. Things like pride and selfishness seem small at the time, but left to grow can do so much damage.

Like I said, you can learn a lot from an apple!

Mark 9:43-48 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.  And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where "'the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.'

Valerie Locke

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