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Topic: Prosperity (05/11/06)
TITLE: Apple's Treasure
By Keli Sams
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Long, long ago in a land far away there lived a fair haired girl named Nadine. Nadine had all the comforts that the world could afford. She lived in a castle, with servants that catered to her every whim. Nadine possessed ball gowns, riding clothes, picnic garments, breakfast wear, dinner attire, and beautiful bed clothing. Her room was filled with fine linens and silks from all over the world, golden chandeliers hung from the ceiling, and her bedroom terrace overlooked the stable and lake where she rode her Arabian pony. At the snap of a finger Nadine could ask for and receive whatever her heart desired. Yet Nadine did not wear a smile. On the outside she seemed to have all that any young lady would want but on the inside there was something missing. She couldn’t quite put her finger on it but she knew she was missing something quite valuable.
Also living in the castle was a young servant girl named Apple. Apple had raven hair and a smile that could light any room. She worked from before dawn till far past dusk each day. She would sing “Amazing Grace” while she performed her duties. At night she slept on a small cot in a modest room in the lowest quarters of the castle. Apple owned only a work uniform, bed clothes and a Bible. Each night after she had finished her chores she would wash her work clothes and hang them to dry for the next day. By candle light Apple would read her Bible, and talk to God about anything and everything. On the outside it appeared that Apple had nothing, yet she seemed to hold the key to all happiness and joy. Apple possessed what Nadine longed for; a hidden treasure.
Nadine decided she would send spies to discover where Apple hid her treasure. Nadine longed to own the key that would make even a poor peasant girl sing and smile. Each day the spies would watch Apple spend her day as a servant and each day they would report back to Nadine.
“Your highness, we continue to watch your humble servant and each day we have seen no treasure,” the spies reported.
“You must be missing something. Keep watching you must learn her secret. Befriend this girl and gain her confidence. I will have the treasure that makes her so full of joy!” Nadine threw her golden locks over shoulder and stomped out of the room.
After spending weeks with Apple the spies soon learned the words to “Amazing Grace”. Even when they were not with her they would sing, hum or whistle this tune. It made them feel a strange flutter inside they had never known. At night they listened as Apple spoke to a God they did not know. They began to talk to this God that had time for even a simple peasant girl. As Apple shared with the spies her testimony and the reason for her joy they began to weep. They had truly found a treasure worth more than any gold or diamonds. They learned that true prosperity is a condition of the soul and the flutter they had felt was the knock, knock, knock on their hearts of inner peace. The next report to Nadine would be much different than what she expected. How could they explain to someone who had all the riches of the world at their fingertips that a poor humble servant was blessed in a way that money could not buy?
“Nadine, we would like for you to meet Apple. She has shared with us her treasure. There is more than enough for everyone!!! And we wear the results on our face,” they proclaimed smiling from ear to ear.
Nadine first looked into the face of the spies, then into Apple’s, and finally at her own reflection in the ornate mirror hanging in her study. There was much to learn.
Are you truly happy, prosperous and at peace?
Dear Lord, Thank you for your continued blessings. Help us to continue to be a blessing to others. Amen.
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