Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Am I an apple? Yes I am!


I recently had to explain to my children the difference between their age and mine. Knowing that my outer "self" is looking different from theirs, I was facing the dilemma of making it visual to them, that inside, I feel exactly the same. I may have some wrinkles and skin blemishes I never had before, but inside, I don’t feel old at all. I trust you know exactly what I am talking about!

So I enlisted the help of an apple. Because an apple is, sort of, what I am.

After I’ve been born out of my mother’s womb and having grown a little, I probably looked something like this…


But I have aged a little since. Now, I look more like this…


With time, blemishes will start to show. The years pass by and we get exposed to life’s sorrows…


Each victory we claim leaves a mark. Like scars in a battle from years gone by and we start looking a little more like this…


I suppose I could put on some more make up and then I would look something like this...


Except that just simply wouldn’t be me.

But is it really the outside that matters? The bible says in 1 Samuel 16:7 …The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (NIV)

My outward appearance is getting older, nonetheless I do not feel it in my heart. So, perhaps the secret to our true age lies inside. Now, ordinarily, people cut apples open like this…


But I believe, in order to see what God sees, you need to cut your apple horizontally. That's when you will discover this little secret...


Picture is my own

You see, the old apple might have some more bumps and bruises and brown spots on the outside, but INSIDE, well inside, if you cut the apple like this, you will see that every apple has a beautiful STAR with good seeds. Just like you have a beautiful soul, hidden by God! That Scripture above tells me that God sees me on the INSIDE and I bet He sees the girl in me, no matter what I look like on the outside. He sees the new life, my future and what I will be. He sees the eternal me that is ready to be replanted in eternity.

So mom, if you are worried today about a few wrinkles, sit down and share an apple with your child. But remember to cut it horizontally!!

HAVE A GREAT DAY!


(Unless otherwise stated, all images in this post are courtesy of www.morguefile.com)

4 comments:

  1. Lovely post, Sue. Most creative (as always!) and encouraging too. I've never noticed the star in the center. I need to go find an apple!

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    1. Did you find one? I hope you did! It is one of my most passionate teachings to the Grade 2's and 3's but I think it is meant for all of us. Thank you for your encouragement.

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  2. My youngest is a teen today, so I have three teens. Makes me realize how fast time is flying by, but what a great reminder. I'm so thankful God sees new life and the eternal me!

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    1. Me too! And that He is helping me see it too with thoughts and ideas like the one in this post! I need to visualize things in order to understand them and perhaps other people are that way too. This post is dedicated to all people who need a visual clue to the idea of "staying young inside".

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