Lessons in the Orchard
Arriving at Grandpa’s orchard, we all sprang from the bed of his old farm truck. The excursions to the orchard were always filled with fun and excitement. There was just something about being in the wide open, listening to the birds sing and smelling the fresh
cut hay. Each of the three grandchildren grabbed our pails and ran towards the apple,
peach and orange trees.
Jacob’s favorite was the Granny Smith Apples. He ran for that section of the grove first.
After picking apples until we were exhausted, Jacob, Kelsey and I sat down in the lush grass while Grandpa sliced some apples for a snack. He began to tell us about the orchard thriving and how the light and water nourished the growth. Grandpa Doug
said that we were the same way as the luscious fruit. If we drank in the Living Water
and basked in the Presence of His Light, we too will thrive. He explained that to thrive,
the apple tree must be flexible and bend, but not break when the storms of life come.
To flourish or grow with successful development, we must be planted in good soil.
Grandpa explained that spiritual maturity means to demonstrate love, peace and gentleness in our daily lives.
As Jacob smacked his rosy lips, Kelsey and I listened to Grandpa Doug’s lesson. Looking back, I cherish the times spent in the orchard. I will carry those themes
With me and reflect upon them for many years to come and repeat them to my
children over a fresh slice of apple.
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