For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.–Romans 8:38-39

“Eating Apples With No Hands”

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“Trying to eat an apple with no hands”.

That’s what my daughter said my help was like last night!! I was trying to “help” her through some discomfort, but my “help” was marginal at best. She kept telling me so, but I was confident that all my tricks and tactics were going to make her feel so much better!

After each of my attempts, I’d excitedly ask, “Ok. Now how do you feel?” To which she’d reply each time, “It’s a little better.” I took that to mean all my efforts would combine to give her much relief. So I kept at it. Finally, after about the 3rd attempt and way past our bedtimes, I asked yet again, “Ok. Now how do you feel?” I’m waiting now with a big smile and great confidence. She responds, “Well Mom, it’s kind of like trying to eat an apple with no hands.”

Finally, I got it. My efforts were, let’s just say, fruitless! Only time would really provide the comfort she needed. There was a real remedy. It would be simple. It would be quick. But, it couldn’t be accomplished at 10:30 at night. It would have to keep until the next day. But could I wait that long? I want to help her now! Surely there’s another way!

My darling daughter, with all the patience of Job, endured all my intrusions into her life. She was content with waiting. She knew relief was just around the corner. She knew that my efforts would get me nowhere and even though she’d taste a bit of that sweet apple, she’d never be completely satisfied with those little nibbles. Even if she found a way to eat the whole apple, it would take so long that she’d either quit before she actually finished it, or she’d end where she started, still hungry.

That “still hungry” sensation reminds me of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You know that story. The little caterpillar would taste bits of fruit every day, “but he was still hungry.” Finally, he gorged himself on all kinds of junk food and was full, but miserable afterwards. It was only when he tasted a nice, green, healthy leaf–something good for him–that he felt much better. Not only that, but he had the proper nourishment to create the best environment for him to grow and transform into a beautiful caterpillar!

Lord, help me not to settle for bits of fruit, struggling in my own strength, selfish in my pursuits. Help me to take in your Word, to be satisfied in you, to trust your timing for all that I yearn for in my prayers. Help me to wait on you, and to know that all that I take in will tranform me more and more into the image of your dear Son.

“Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.”
–Isaiah 55:2

Author: Kristie

Kristie is a pastor's wife, mom, Bible teacher, and author of His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God, which will be released in September. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Women's Workshops for the Charles Simeon Trust, helping to equip women Bible teachers. She joyfully supports her husband of almost 28 years, Thabiti, as he pastors Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC. They have 3 children. She has written contributions to the ESV Women's Devotional Bible; Word-Filled Women's Ministry: Loving and Serving the Church; Women on Life: A Call to Love the Unborn, Unloved and Neglected; and Hospitality Matters: Reviving an Ancient Practice for Modern Missions. Her work can also be found at The Front Porch, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Christianity Today, and Revive Our Hearts. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@kanyabwile).

One thought on ““Eating Apples With No Hands”

  1. Thanks, Kristie, for putting a new perspective on my futile efforts of many times trying to manage life on my own -when what I really need is patience and trust that my loving heavenly Father will take care of it all in His time.

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