THE ORIGINAL CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
The Apple of Your Eye
Adam and Eve run into trouble with an Apple. The scripture actually describes it as “the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” But because apples are red and shiny and delicious, both tart and sweet, apples make for a powerful image. It’s hard to resist!
This is the season of going apple picking and baking apple pies. This is the glory of New England. There are 7,500 varieties of apples in existence throughout the world. I like Granny Smiths and McIntosh. For lunch I am trying a Pink Lady. It sports a crisp bite with an effervescent finish. It tends to fall more toward the tart side but it’s not too tart at all.
From the times of Moses the people have been considered “the apple of God’s eye.” In Deuteronomy 32:10 Moses says God found the people in the desert wasteland, encircled them, and protected them along the way. King David sings in Psalm 17:8 “O Savior of those who seek refuge, keep me as the apple of your eye, hide me in the shadow of your wings.”
What happened to Adam and Eve is the story of growing up and out from home. They were going through changes. Life would never be the same as it was in their childhood garden. The more aware of themselves they became, they were afraid, and went into hiding.
God doesn’t leave them in hiding. God steps into the garden at the cool of the day and asks, “Where art thou?” Genesis 3:9. God has never stopped asking us that question ever since. Where are we? We are the apple of God’s eye and yet we like Adam and Eve are afraid.
There are so many apples out there: red ones, green ones, yellow ones, pink ones, sweet ones, tart ones. They all belong to the tree of the knowledge of life. Each fruit in nature reveals the wisdom of God’s Creation. There is such great variety and wonder in it all.
The challenge that comes from God’s earliest of questions for all of us is “where are we?” Where are we in relation to God, to each other, to life itself while we are living it amongst the other apples. Are we being a good apple or a bad apple? The Bible has us remember we all are the apple of God’s eye. Can we embrace and rejoice in all our divine given unique traits?
By faith there needs to be no fear being who God made you to be, and every other apple too!
Enjoy the season! Enjoy you being you! Enjoy each apple in the bunch! It’s a delight to the eyes and to the senses!
May God bless you and keep you, protect you and provide you all the joys of the season!