Did you notice something different about this morning? The air is a bit cool and fall has finally arrived. I love all of the season. They each have their own wonderful gifts they bring you.
Fall brings us the bright colors of the leaves, the cool crisp air, and the excitement of fall football games. But the first cool morning of fall makes me want to go apple picking. When my children were little, we would take them to Ellijay, Georgia and pick apples during one of the “You Pick” celebration days. We’d come home and make apple pies, apple sauce, stewed apples, and just enjoy the crunch of a good apple.
I am a former kindergarten teacher and I think visuals help us understand something when we can’t seem to grasp a concept. The apple is one of the visuals I use when trying to explain the Trinity to someone. You have an apple but it has three parts. There is the core (God the Father), the pulp (God the Son) and the skin (God the Holy Spirit). All three parts are different, yet all three parts are apple. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all three different, yet all three are God, the One true God.
In Genesis, 1:26, God is talking and says “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…” When I read that as a new believer, I was so confused. How can there be one God yet He refers to Himself as “us.” Today, I can almost visualize God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit sitting around the table having a conversation about creating mankind. The apple really helped me see the three in one concept.
There is a great fictional book out now, The Shack by William P. Young, that also helps people understand the Trinity; however, when someone doesn’t have time to read a book, an apple will help you make your point.
Enjoy this beautiful fall morning and the next time you pick up an apple, stop and think about our amazing God and how He not only created the apple for us to enjoy, but showed us how to use them to explain Him in some small way.