“An Apple a Day” (1)

“Hum—hum-hum—an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Julie sang the familiar phrase as she skipped into the kitchen and selected an apple from a bowl. She began munching on it as she went back outdoors, and in very little time had nothing left but the core in her hand.

It was a warm, lazy afternoon and before Julie made the effort to throw the remains of her apple away, she held the core up by its stem and studied it. She saw the peeling (only a little was left), the flesh (turning brown already from exposure to the air), the seeds, and the stem.

She thought about the taste and texture of this apple she had eaten and concluded that no chef, no matter how skilled he or she might be at cooking, could ever produce any food that could match the quality of a single apple. Then Julie remembered another little phrase her mother used (usually when Julie wanted to buy something that she didn’t need) that went like this, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” But here she held something in her hand that did grow on trees, abundantly so,  and if one was starving, the apple would be worth more than the money. Truly an amazing fruit—the apple!

But Julie could not contemplate these things without soon thinking of Who created the apple and why He created it. God is so gracious, so loving, He made even these delicious treats for His creatures to enjoy.

Finally, Julie got up and went back into the kitchen to throw the core (now very brown) away. She walked by the bowl of apples and gave them one more look before she went outside again. Some­how Julie had a feeling she would be learning more about this remarkable fruit in the future . . .

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” Genesis 1:29.


Connie is the mother of 5 children and attends Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan.