Oh The Lord Is Good To Me!
“Oh the Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord for giving me the things I need, the sun, the moon and the appleseed, the Lord is good to me.”
John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born September 26, 1774. He was a pioneer Nurseryman who introduced apple trees to parts of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Ontario, and also parts of what is now West Virginia. John was an eccentric who most of the time did not wear shoes. He dressed in ragged clothes and did wear a tin hat which he also used for cooking his sparse meals. He became an American legend because of his kindness, generous ways, conservation and for his love of animals. He even avoided killing insects. John was noted for the symbolic importance he attributed to apples. Even though Johnny’s tart apples were not really good to eat they did make wonderful hard cider and applejack. Folks probably loved him for that also.
Chapman was a follower of The New Church, also known as The Church of Swedenborg.
While planting his apples John preached God’s word as a Missionary to both Anglo-Americans and Indigenous people that he met along the way. John Chapman died on March 18, 1845, at the age of 71 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
As a kid I loved hearing about Johnny Appleseed and when I felt happy with the world I would sing this song about him; “Oh the Lord is Good to me, and so I thank the Lord for giving me the things I need, the sun, the rain and the appleseed, the Lord is good to me”. No it wasn’t because of his Hard Cider or Applejack. I just loved the world and what Johnny Appleseed stood for.
Does any of this make you think of another person that went around with worn, ragged clothes who loved preaching the way for Jesus Christ. As a God/Man, Jesus was baptised by this John. If you were thinking of John The Baptist, he is the same one who came to my mind. Well, John The Baptist didn’t plant apples but he did plant God to those who would listen as he prepared the path for Jesus, our Savior. “Oh, the Lord is good to me” and also to you.
Have you ever thought that a lot of those who preach Jesus Christ and salvation were not rich and gave up of themselves and worldly riches? God’s chosen ones, the Disciples, left their homes to follow Jesus only because Jesus asked them? Could you and I do what Jesus has asked us to do? Could we drop everything and “follow Me.” Maybe we could...or maybe we don’t need to drop everything. Don’t be in despair, we can be the example for Jesus. We can plant God’s word in our own home and to others that we meet. We can encourage others to pick up their tin hats that are filled with love and the word of God and plant God in this very needy world that surrounds us.
There is so much planting to do all over the country and all over the world! You don’t have to walk in ragged clothes without shoes. You have only to love the Lord and let others know that God loves you. He showed us His love when He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for all mankind. The seeds were sown.
God didn’t wear a tin hat but He did wear scars given to Him by His captors. He stood in place as they beat Him, scorged Him, spit on Him, slapped Him and then they put Him on a tree that would eventually plant all mankind a place in Heaven. He defeated the evil one when He rose from the dead.
Oh if only we would pick the apples that Jesus has planted for each of us. He has planted love and Eternal Life. Pick the sweet fruit, the apple of His eye.
Yes, “The Lord is good to me and so I thank the Lord for giving me the things I need”. He is good to US, to all mankind. So go to the tree that God has planted for us, you will not be sorry.
Remember this; Anyone can count the seeds in an apple... but only God can count the apples in a seed.
Written with love. The Lord IS good to me.