"THE APPLE OF YOUR EYE"
By Wayne S. Walker
"Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings" (Psalm 17:8). March is the month when spring arrives. We usually think of apples primarily in relation to late summer and fall, but we all know that in order for apple trees to produce fruit later on, they have to blossom in the spring. There is nothing prettier (or nicer smelling) than an orchard of apple blossoms in the spring. So, while we gather apples in the fall, the spring season is very important to the development of the apple tree as well.
There is an important lesson in this for us. If the apple tree did nothing until fall, there would be no apples. If we do nothing now, there will be no positive result later on. From a physical standpoint, we understand that if we want to have a garden full of good vegetables in the fall, we have to prepare the garden and plant the seeds in the spring. From a family standpoint, we understand that if we want to have children who love and serve the Lord, we have to teach them when they are young. From a spiritual standpoint, we must understand that if we want the word of the Lord to bear fruit, then we have to do something to see that it is spread.
Jesus tells us that if the seed is planted in good and honest hearts it will bring forth fruit (Luke 8:15). However, someone has to sow the seed. Jesus intends that His disciples to do this work (John 4:35-38). Therefore, it should be the responsibility of each child of God to plant and water as he or she has ability and opportunity (1 Corinthians 3:6-8). Also, it should be obvious that the more people who sow the seed, and the more seed that each one sows, the more fruit will be brought forth. That is why Paul said, "But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully" (2 Corinthians 9:7).
The old poem said, "Spring is sprung, The grass is riz, I wonder where The flowers is." Burma Shave altered that to read, "Spring is spring, The grass is riz Where last year’s Careless driver is." In an odd sort of way, this reminds us that we need to use the spring time–whether the spring of the year in planting or the spring of our time now in working for the Lord–to prepare for the future. If we stick to our goals and use our time wisely, God promises that He will keep us as the apple of His eye and hide us under the shadow of His wings.