Wednesday, October 1, 2008

the apple of His eye...

I know it's technically fall. Most of us bloggers have already welcomed fall and made a big deal about the end of summer and the advent of autumn. Southern California, however, has refused to 'get with the program!' Oh, I thought it had begun... the days are definitely shorter, and the nights had begun to get cooler. Then, all of a sudden this week we're having upper 80's to mid 90's for temperatures!! Summer is holding on with its very fingertips!

I decided to let it still be summer this week by defying the unwritten (or possibly written) fashion rule--I wore a white skirt and strappy white sandals to work today! I know, those of you in the midwest and east coast of the US are probably greatly appalled at my lack of fashion sense! But, well, when it acts like summer, I just continue to dress like it! : )

Nonetheless, I am taking on a bit of a fall theme today ...apples. Having grown up in Michigan, which has many, many apple orchards and very delicious apples, I associate apples with the crisp, cool autumn air and autumn leaves. I always loved to go to the orchard in the fall for fresh apple cider (the stuff in the store just doesn't compare!) and homemade donuts and to maybe catch a hayride through the orchard or watch kids try to find their way through a cornfield maze. Pumpkin patches bursting with pumpkins and corn shalks standing around complete the fall festival feel.

Ah, reminiscing... I can almost smell the donuts and cider if I close my eyes!

Then there is the old phrase about something/someone being "... the apple of my eye." It is a very old phrase, and originally, it meant "the central aperture of the eye." Figuratively, it refers to something, or more usually someone, that is cherished above others. What a beautiful sentiment. Cherished above others. Special. Loved greatly.

I love that God also uses it in the Bible. He uses is about His people, those whom He loves:

In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye... ~Deuteronomy 32:10
The psalmist also used the phrase regarding his relationship with God, how God viewed him...

Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. ~Psalm 17:8

It was also used in the Bible as a reminder to cherish God's teachings and His commands:

Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. ~Proverbs 7:2

And lastly, God Himself uses the phrase to declare His love for His people... to demonstrate how He holds them/us dear and precious in His sight:

For this is what the LORD Almighty says: "After he has honored me and has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye... ~Zechariah 2:8

I am so glad I am cherished in such a way that God declares His love for me by calling me the apple of His eye! What a delight to be so cherished... I am the apple of Someone's eye!

(and how about these really cool BLACK apples!! They're called Arkansas Blacks...wonderfully unique, aren't they?!)


  1. =))) Hullo Apple! Thanks for this sweet reminder that I am the apple of His eyes. And I surely hope that I'm not some rotten one. =P

    Those black apples are new to me. Are they edible?

  2. yes, indeed! though i've never found any on the market to buy. (they can probably be bought at the orchards themselves rather than at stores) i was sorely tempted to pluck one off the tree and take a bite, but i did restrain myself... so, i've yet to get to taste one! : )


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