By: Maggie Leonard
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
Reflection—v. 3, not the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden
One thing has become apparent to me, temptation has always been a part of the human story. It is inevitable. I suspect anything that really tempts us feels quite central to our story as well—it becomes a focus, constantly drawing our attention, everything else surrounds it. When I decide that I shouldn’t do something, often it is what draws my attention. I think about not doing that thing… until I do it. We lose sight of all the other trees in the garden and focus on the one, until we eat of its fruit. Now, truth be told, I value critical thinking and a skeptical eye, but so often we make poor excuses and contort ourselves mentally to convince ourselves of something other than the truth. Instead of allowing our mind to cycle around the thing that we want, the thing that begs our attention, can we take a wider view? Can we see the range of options—to see the whole forest of fruit trees—and perhaps even find liberation in the number of choices we have, instead of focused on a comparatively smaller limitation?
Prayer Provider God, hep us broaden our view of your world, that we might not become obsessed with the cant’s and wont’s in our lives, but that we may see all the options that you place before us.