One of the earliest apple varieties we enjoy is the Ginger Gold. Crunchy, sweet and juicy! Usually available mid-August. It signals that all the other apple varieties are just around the corner!
Here’s an expression found in Zechariah 2:8–‘…for whoever touches you touches the apple of His eye…’ We are ‘the apple of His eye’. Meaning what?
The ‘apple’ is poetic, referring to the pupil of our eye. The eye is one of the most complex organs in our body. Have something touch it, and the pain will be excruciating.
A few years ago, my wife and I stayed at the Lodge at Crater Lake, Oregon. A volcano-created lake, deep as deep can be, producing the bluest water we’ve ever seen. We drive to the other side of the lake, and walk down a steep trail to the water’s edge.
What a windy day. Blowing every which-way. That’s when a tiny stone fragment flies up into the air, gets behind my glasses and lodges firmly in the side of my eyeball. What pain! This was in the side of my eye. Not the pupil, which is more tender and vulnerable.
We are the apple of God’s eye. He feels for us with great intensity. Let me be honest. How many times have I felt that God was way off in outer space? Anybody out there? Does He care?
That’s when I need that phrase– ‘the apple of God’s eye’. Our fears and joys, all touch Him deeply. Whether I’m aware of it or not. Whatever gets in our ‘eyes’ gets in His, but more so.
Keep repeating–‘I’m the apple of God’s eye’. That’s far better than even the best Ginger Gold apple, the first of the season!
Lord, thank you for always caring. Amen.