TWO APPLETREES

 

Well, now new apple trees are planted in the garden. In the sapling shop, seller was pushy in offering very popular and easy care variety. It'd grow very fast, he said, and would give abundant harvest. It also would be very beautiful to watch. Luckily I didn't give up in my shopping intentions but I was consistent. I chose a variety which will stand in all circumstances. With good care it'll stand both heavy rains and dry periods. Resistance against deceases is really good, too. I'm very satisfied with my purchase. We've pondered a long time of buying these apple trees. Now it's reality then. My wife is waiting eagerly what can be done with the harvest to come.

Oh my goodness. This made it to occur to me how they are also peddling so eagerly this easy care variety to be planted in the gardens of hearts. There are all kinds of salesmen going around with well anointed, slick tongues peddling this new wonder variety. I think I'll go for a cup of coffee now, and ponder these things. This demands five cups at least. Oh my goodness. There's so sweet aroma of coffee coming out of the kitchen already. Wife have made some coffee. How on earth has she guessed the aching of my 'coffee tooth' again?

Good as always. Well, around the world the popularity of that easy care variety is downright enormous. It's no wonder, because it roots very quickly. Because the rooting and growing are so quick, one can enjoy the beauty of the tree and the fruit much earlier than with other varieties demanding much more care. This sounds like a good solution for those beginning green thumbs, who aren't too much interested in gardening. From the point of view of us, veteran green thumps, the situation is a little bit problematic. The core of the problem is the type of the roots for they don't grow so deep: " Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful." (Mark 4:15-19) The name of the variety is soulful (malus anime). It surely is up to its name. I've seen how beautiful it is, and I've tasted a bit of that sweet fruit. But those roots!

My favourite variety is spiritual (malus spiritalis). You have to work hard with it though: "His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." (2. Peter 1:3-8) In due time hard working will produce right kind of sweet fruit, steadfast, resilient, and most of all long lasting: "But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit" (Jer. 17:7-8)

How this old green thumb is troubled for the short-sightedness of those beginners. Sure the fruit is honeysweet but soulful prospers in good conditions only. When tough conditions come there's danger for its destruction. One must take care of spiritual in good faith that in due time it produces good fruit: "In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls." (1. Peter 1:6-9)

With gardening greetings
J. P.

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