In botany, I learned that fruits differ. Apples and pears are pommes. Pommes reproduce themselves by blossoms. The ovary of the blossom houses the true fruit of the plant...its seed.
We tend to think that the flesh of the apple is the fruit. That is not so. The developing ovary of the blossom gets fleshy and sweet. As stated above, the true fruit of the plant is its seed. The seed will reproduce itself.
With that little science lesson behind us, let me tell you of my current project. Our apple trees continue to bear. I have one wire basket and 1/2 of a bushel basket full of apples to process. They have enough food value for us that I will save as much as possible. Yesterday I made a nice batch of applesauce in my crock pot. It takes 5 hours to cook enough to make a nice chunky sauce and the crock pot has not scorched the finished product. I like that. I will finish working with the apples as soon as I can. Working with apple after apple I make some observations of how they parallel with truth.
While I sat at the table busily peeling the apples, I noted that every apple is not the same. Some are bruised, while others are firm. Some are large and others are small. Some are pretty and inviting, while others look tough and unappealing. Yet, regardless of their outward appearance, the apples all have seeds. You will recall that the seed is the real fruit.
That truth brought me around to thinking about how people are like these apples. We all look different. Some of us are not as attractive as others. Some of us are not as young and thriving as others. Yet there is still an inner part of us that remains in each of us forever. We each have an eternal soul that will live on forever. It has such value that the eternal God sent his Son, Jesus, to earth to make provision for our souls to live eternally with Him. By his death on the cross for our sins, if we believe in Jesus, He gives us the right to become his children. (John 1:12)
I am so glad that outward appearance does not determine our value. It is the condition of our hearts and soul in relation to Jesus that matters. Put your trust in Him. Believe in Him. Your heart and soul matter. God wants to have you for His child.
photo credit: Wenda Grabau
photo credit: Bretta Grabau