I have very fond memories of my grandmother. I can close my eyes and remember her wide smile and loving eyes. I remember as a boy that she always had a garden, and a large one at that. Many were the times that she picked vegetables from the garden and returned with an apron full of fresh vegetables. She didn’t need a basket or a bucket. She just used her cooking apron as her basket. I remember that sight still today.
Using an apron to receive and carry produce (or any other goods) is expressed by Jesus in the following verse: Luke 6:38 when he said Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. The word “bosom” in this verse refers to the use of my grandmother’s apron: part of a garment used to carry produce and dry goods. When Jesus spoke these words his reference was to the fold of the wide upper garment bound by the girdle which made a pocket for common use.
Other bible versions translate this word as “lap” or “pocket” or “hands.” The lesson for us is that as we give our apron (our container or basket) will overflow from the hands of men.