Today I was going to begin finishing my series on prayer. But yesterday I wrote that Love doubts doubts and believes beliefs (here). Dawn commented, “I love that you are going to develop this.”
I wasn’t actually going to.
But because I’m a people pleaser – now I’m compelled to.
I heart this picture (source)
Prayer will continue to wait patiently in the wings – and please address all complaints to Dawn. Her phone number is…
Let’s say I have an apple. It’s shiny red.
not that apple
but dreamy no?
How about this one.
I take a whiff and it smells fresh apple-y good.
Leave it there and it’ll still smell and look good for pretty long while.
Take one bite out of it…
and the exposed part will get all brown and gross – pronto.
So once bitten into it’s best to keep going. The peal doesn’t taste as good as it looks, but it serves a purpose. The apple tastes great, and soon you’re left with the core and the seeds.
Who wants to eat them?
So it gets dumped. But let’s say you’re a messy sloppy guy (read me) and you just leave it out. Cores don’t do very well when they’re exposed.
If I were the Enemy, the Evil One and his hateful minions, that’s where I’d strike at a person. Because if you get to the core – that’s where the damage is most severe.
That’s where doubt strikes,
whether we do it to ourselves,
or we get help from the minions.
That’s why there’s always so much protection around the core.
There are two kinds of us humans – and the girls and boys have different cores.
I’ll start with what I know best.
What is a man’s core?
It goes back to the Garden.
And the Fall…
“Cursed be the ground because of you! In toil shall you eat its yield all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to you, as you eat of the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face shall you get bread to eat (Gen 3:17-19)
It’s actually not Adam that’s “cursed” it’s the ground, the earth, the world that is now “cursed”. – or the word I like better, “broken”.
Sin broke the world.
and like a virus,
has only multiplied since.
So after the breaking…
It’s like God was saying to Adam…
“You know the way you named the animals – and that feeling of success?
Things were always going to be a challenge – but the good kind. You would have learned so much my way, experienced so much joy, and yes, eventually known Good and Evil like I do.
But Adam, now you’ve eaten the fruit.
Now you’ve chosen to learn of Good and Evil your own way.
The problem being you are not alone.
You have enlisted the help of the Evil One.
And he is not what he pretends to be.
Your core Adam – the way you are designed – it’s now going to be exposed to the Enemy – and to your own darker side that you have now unleashed.
You will search for joy in your work.
You will find your purpose in it.
This won’t change.
But the path will now be uphill.
You’ll plant wheat and get thorns and thistles to go with it. You have known the Good. You have traveled mountaintop to mountaintop. Now you will know the dark valleys between – and an unending set of hills to climb.
You will always reach and once you achieve success the bar will be set higher.
You know the Good.
Now you will learn the Evil.
It is not the way I would have taught you.
But you have decided to learn it on your own, with the help of the Evil One instead.”
More tomorrow – then the core of a woman, I’ll need your help on that. Then I have a plan developing. Because Dawn was right, we all need help in doubting the doubts. I know I do.
In God’s Love