Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 | Author:

We’re coming to the end of apple season here in upstate New York, and I am grateful. Yes, grateful.

The problem is that I love apple season.  From about January on, I can hardly wait for fresh, tart, juicy apples, instead of those tasteless, mealy things the grocery store has – some of which, I discovered this summer, come from New Zealand, probably on a very slow boat.

My all-time favorites are MacIntosh, and they have been especially large and juicy this year.  Then a couple years ago after the Mac’s were done for the season, my local orchard convinced me to try Crispins.  Ooh-hah!  They are very crisp and tasty, and they keep very well.

This year, my hubby got me two large bags of Macs and a very cool gizmo to peel them, core them, and slice them, making that process much easier for my achy hands.  This has resulted in apple pie and multiple batches of Apple Brown Betty, from an old friend’s excellent recipe.

So why am I glad apple season is almost over?  Because I made the mistake of reading this the other day:

Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)

Like Eve, I think apples are among the best things that God put on this earth.  I certainly desire them almost all year, and I would have to admit that I’m passionate about them.  And I have definitely not crucified my flesh in this regard.  In fact, I feed this passion.  I cater to my hunger for all things apple.

Are apples sinful?  Of course not  (unless God has told you not to eat them, and we all know how that turned out for Eve.)

The sin is that I’m feeding my flesh instead of my soul.  I’m letting my fleshly desire and passion rule what I do, instead of crucifying that flesh.   It would appear that  a little discipline and self-control are in order.

I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
(1 Corinthians 9:23-27)

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6 Responses
  1. Jim Wetzel says:

    This has resulted in apple pie and multiple batches of Apple Brown Betty …

    Yes, you’re right — you should immediately stop feeding your own flesh … and concentrate on feeding mine!!!

    (Sorry for the foolishness, and your point is very well taken. Your goodies sound awfully tasty, though!)

  2. Weeeeelllll… the Bible doesn’t say it was an “apple” that Eve ate… it did say fruit. Could have been a peach or banana, hey! maybe a fig! Now we know we shouldn’t “fig out.” :D

  3. Rebecca says:

    I think the fruit Eve ate was a chocolate-covered nectarine. That would tempt ANYONE.

  4. john a. says:

    We have numerous apple trees in our backyard and harvesting them is always something to look forward to. Apple pie, sauce, and crisp….my wife is quite busy. It gets a little out of control when apples overlap with squash and zucchini from the garden.

  5. Jim Wetzel says:

    Not that I want to make you-all jealous or anything, but I’m temporarily stationed in western New York (Rochester, specifically). Last Saturday I was lucky enough to be invited to the beautiful Mohawk Valley to break bread with akaGaGa and her family at their home. And, after breaking bread, which was excellent, we also “broke” one of her celestial homebuilt apple pies. Not only is my flesh grateful, but my soul also thinks it benefited. Yum, yum, yum!

  6. akaGaGa says:

    @Alice You’re right, of course. I must have been thinking of my daughter’s infamous “Eve in the Apple Tree” drawing. Or maybe I was just thinking of gluttony.

    @Rebecca Oh, sure. Get me thinking about MORE good stuff.

    @John I remember those out of control days. When I was (much) younger, I’d fill an upright freezer and put up 100 qts of tomatos and 50 qts of applesauce every year. I think I OD’d, so I haven’t grown anything but flowers for years. Lately, though, we’ve been toying with starting a little(!) garden and seeing if I remember how to do all that.

    @Jim Celestial??? I think that’s a bit extreme, even for apple pie. But I did get the cutest scarecrow out of the deal, not to mention some excellent conversation. Thanks, my friend.