January 19, 2003

Volume 13 - Number 03     

How to Eat Green Apples

A little boy eagerly raced round and about the apple tree where his grandmother and he were sacking little green apples that had fallen to the ground. He couldn't wait till they were all picked up. His grandmother had promised him a snack as a reward for his help.

As the last apple was placed in the paper bag the young boy reached for the largest green apple he could see, exclaiming, "I choose this for my snack." And before his grandmother could speak, he opened wide his little mouth and bit down. Immediately his faced turned from smiles to frowns. Disappointment over a sour apple was made known by him spitting the fruit across the yard. It was certainly not what he expected!

The grandmother seeing the disappointment in his eyes, cuddled him in her arms and explained that there is a right way and a wrong way to eat green apples. She then led him by the hand inside her kitchen where she placed a hot piece of apple pie before him. The little fellow eagerly ate every bite. "What kind of apples was the pie made of, Grandmother?", he asked. "Green apples, of course", she replied. The little boy sat in amazement over how tasty green apples were when used to make apple pie.

The above story can be used to illustrate life. We may be going through our lives expecting a Red or Golden Delicious apple and at the most unexpected time, life serves us a sour, green apple instead. How do you handle crisis? How do you manage to swallow the sour apples of life? How do you turn tragedies to triumphs? You do it in the same way the grandmother in our illustration did. Make apple pie out of your sour apples. Make lemonade out of your lemons. Use a bad circumstance to create something good, wholesome and profitable for yourself and those around you.

King David, a man after God's own heart, no doubt knew this was true. For there was a time in David's life when he had committed several grievous sins against God and those around him. He had committed adultery, killed an innocent man, and even tried to hide his sins. Yes, David had a whole sack full of green apples But after being confronted by Nathan, God's prophet, David poured his heart out to God in repentance. Psalm 51 records his heartfelt confession of sin.

Verse 13 in the text states, "Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee." It is in this verse that David turns tragedy into triumph. If God could forgive David for his terrible sins (vv. 1-11), David would teach others of the wonderful grace and mercy of God (v. 13). For if God could forgive David, King of Israel, leader of the people and example to all, God could forgive anyone. Certainly, David made a apple pie out of a sack overflowing with green apples. He used a negative situation to bring about a positive result. And so can we!

When life brings tragedy, look for a way to triumph. When someone gives you a lemon, make lemonade. When everything is gloom and doom, and all you can see is green apples, use those unwanted circumstances of life, like David, to grow and develop as God's child. Learn from your sins. Profit from your trials. Strengthen yourself in life's hurtful blows. For no doubt there will be more green apples just around the tree that we will need to deal with!

Barry Gilreath, Jr.

“The Greeks had a race in their Olympic games that was unique. The winner was not the runner who finished first. It was the runner who finished with his torch still lit. I want to run all the way with the flame of my torch still lit for Him.”

J. Stowell

Sympathy Note

We extend our deepest sympathy to sis. Doris White and family at the passing of bro. Charles this past Tuesday evening. Services were held in St. Louis on Saturday.

Please remember sister Doris and family with your prayers and cards.

"3 Things - the Blind Man Saw"
Acts 22:1-21
"A Believer's Mistakes"
Genesis 16

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 Wayne Vowell


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