To better digest this post you may want to run out and purchase a Payday Candybar before reading any further. I've been thinking of this candybar since last week when Steve Heartsill mentioned it in his comment on my Reese's Peanut Butter Cup post. It wasn't until the wee small hours of this morning that I realized it may just be another illustration for the Christian life today.
Inside every chocolate-coated bar is nuts and caramel goo. Sometimes I think I'm a nut. Today I feel like the goo.
Lately, I've sensed an oppressive spirit upon my soul which only leaves when I read God's Word and sing "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. There's just something about that name." I am certain in this day and time of demonic influence in the world that we Christians are under attack. I find that this overwhelming darkness pushes upon me when I allow myself to listen to all the negativity on the news, to read the negativity in cyber-space and to dwell on any of the negativity for more than a heartbeat.
There are no safe spaces in this world ruled by the prince of darkness. He prowls about the earth seeking whom he may devour. He's in our schools, our government, our churches, our homes. He is the father of lies and uses all things and all people to do his dirty work in the name of artificial ingredients. Sometimes I find myself to be one of his pawns in the scheme of things. When I pass on the negativity of life and fail to drink myself drunk with the spirit of God, I, indeed, become a nut that squishes against the goo to impale another nut.
It's these times I am heartened to realize that there are other nuts with whom I cluster who bring with them a measure of goo to add the salt and sweetness to the whole. We're all stuck with each other. We need one another to become the complete delight for the world. Together we are the protein necessary to vitalize when all else is but a passing taste of seasonal pleasure.
Sometimes we need to seep out like caramel and stick one to another. Sometimes we need to stand firm where we are and not budge. But all times we need to get as close in communion as possible. And as we move through the assembly line of life, we must stop and be covered in love for one another so all men will know we are Christians. selahV
[copyrighted, SelahV Today, 2008]