We ate the whole pie! Nancy had baked a fresh apricot pie at my request for Father’s Day. Our schedule turned out to not include guests for a few days, so we were able to consume all eight pieces in four short days. I did eat more ice cream than she did. I did lick my plate without shame in the privacy of our home. Nancy’s apricot pies are awesome!
Maybe I enjoy them so much because apricot trees often fail to produce fruit. Most years a freeze gets them after they bloom. But, not this year! One friend brought us multiple sacks filled from one of his trees. Another friend called and told us where he had some trees that were loaded with fruit. After Nancy had put up and given away the bounty shared by the first friend, we waited a few days before going after more apricots.
Pristine conditions existed. The grass beneath the trees was manicured and plush. Only a few apricots lay on the ground. Someone had been taking good care of the trees and the lawn. We had no ladder. Actually, we needed no ladder. Plenty of fruit hung within our reach. The problem was determining which apricots to pick. Many were not quite ripe enough to harvest. Nancy suggested that we check each one before picking it. Doing so was a lot of trouble. Then Nancy had a better idea!
“Why don’t you shake the tree and see if the ripe apricots will fall?”
The trees were fairly large. However, I was able to shake them a bit. When I did, it hailed apricots – all of which were ripe and ready for harvest. I ate one to make sure they were tasty. They were! It took only a short time to gather all we needed for ourselves and for our friends. Shaking the tree was all that was needed to harvest the ripe apricots.
The same is true when reaching people for Jesus. If they aren’t ready, it does no good to try to make them place faith in Jesus. High pressure tactics will prove damaging to those who are not ready. When God has people ready, a simple declaration of the gospel suffices to produce repentance and faith. Faith comes from hearing the Word of God.
Romans 10:17, Earl
- This Sundays Sermon “Strengthening the Churches” Acts 16:1-10
- Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.