I was enjoying the sweet taste of apples long before I had ever participated in the homespun, spit-swapping, and germ-spreading, tradition of apple bobbing. Fact is, I almost drowned a time or two while I chased an apple around the inside of a water-filled wood barrel.
Apples are a tasty delight and a welcome addition to most diets, and they are also a definite plus to the pocket books of Washington farmers. The typical orchard will produce 37,100 pounds per acre with a value somewhere between $12,500-$13,000. The fertile ground of Washington contributes $18 billion plus to the state’s economy in apples alone.
When I eat an apple, my preference is Jonathan, Fuji, or Honeycrisp, but I doubt David had a specific variety in mind when he prayed: Keep me as the apple of your eye, and hide me in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 17:8).
As the apple of God’s eye, you are so special to God that:
- He is aware of your sorrows—Psalm 56:8
- He likens your prayers to the sweet smell of incense—Revelation 5:8
- He floods your heart with His love—Romans 5:5
- He blesses you with His mercy—Psalm 57:10
From out of all the orchards in the world, you are the apple that God has picked, and it is, “According to His great mercy, He has given us [you] a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you (I Peter 1:3-4).”
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry ~Psalm 34:15