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