|The Little Apple|
|We may have good plans for our lives,
but God always has something better planned for us,
if we take the time to listen.
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Giving, Faith, Fruitfulness, Patience
Grades 1-6 (Ages 6-12)
little apple clung tightly to the branch as a gentle breeze blew by. An
older apple, noticing the younger apple’s despair chuckled and said,
“Looks like your holding on to that branch for dear life little
The older apple thought for a moment, and then replied, “I know you’re concerned about falling from the tree, but some good things have come from the ground.”
The older apple gently replied, “There is much more to being an
apple than just having shiny red skin.”
“Yes, yes, you could be all those things for a season,” the older apple tried to reply.
But once again the little apple broke in, “Why, after he or she has finished eating the fruit, and all that is left is my core he or she will… will...“ The little apple's voice dropped, “will probably throw my core in the trash.”
“Yes,” replied the older apple, “That is what your life could be like, if you decide to live for the moment and choose to reap the quick rewards.”
“Whatever do you mean?” asked the little apple, “What other life is there?”
The older apple spoke, “I have been trying to tell you, if you’d just slow down for a moment and listen.”
“Well please hurry, as it appears that the wind is picking up again,” the little apple said nervously.
Soothingly the older apple explained, “When the winds come you may be shaken from the tree and fall to the ground. It is then that your shiny red skin will keep you from splitting apart and becoming applesauce. Once on the ground a hungry bird or squirrel may find you and carry you away from the base of the tree. Once you’ve met its needs and filled its stomach, it shall leave your core and a little fruit behind. Then, your real work begins.”
“That doesn’t sound a bit better," the little apple screeched. "In fact it sounds worse!”
“Please allow me to finish,” the older apple said sternly. ”Once you are left on the ground, the rest of your fruit shall slowly rot and blend into the soil. It is at this point that your seeds shall be buried into the earth. For a period of time the seeds will remain in the earth, but then ever so slowly something wonderful begins to happen. The seeds begin to sprout, breaking through the dirt. The sunlight and the rain help the sprout to grow into a small tree. Within a few seasons the tree shall grow big enough to start producing apples of its own. From that season on, the tree shall produce hundreds of apples each season. So you see, little apple, there is so much more you can be.”
All the little apple could say was, “Wow!”
As the winds picked up you could see both the apples swinging in the breeze hoping beyond hope to fall to the ground and begin their life’s work.
Our lives can be very much like the apples. We could choose to live for
the moment and fulfill our own plans and desires. The plans we have for
our lives may be good, but God always has a better plan for us, if we're patient, if we take the time, and if we listen to what He softly tells
us. We can surround ourselves with many “things” to make us
comfortable, but alas, these things only last for a season. Or, we could
use the time, talent, and money God gave us for His purpose and glory.
It is only then that we can reach our full potential.
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