Out of all the trees in Eden, hundreds, possibly thousands of them, Adam and Eve chose to eat apples from the one they were instructed not to touch. . .sounds pretty foolish, right? I mean, what was so alluring about that particular tree?
Or was it even the tree at all?
Reminiscing on my childhood, I realize many things suddenly appeared “better” or “interesting” once my parents said I wasn’t allowed to touch something or participate. There is something about hearing “no” and “don’t” that flips a switch in our mind and immediately grabs our attention.
- “ Stay out of my room.” (I wonder what they’re hiding in their room.)
- “Don’t watch HBO after 10pm.” (Let’s see what shows come on after 10pm.)
- “No friends over if we’re not home.” (You can come over, but you can’t stay too long.)
Now, fast forward to adulthood:
- Out of all the jobs and opportunities around you, you chose the one that gives you the most stress, because it paid more. . .
- Out of the hundreds of people you met in college, you chose the one person who eventually caused the most hell and emotional pain in your life, because they were sexy. . .
- Out of all the healthier options on the dinner menu, you chose the deep-fried “whatchamacallit” with a side of greasy fries because they usually satisfied your cravings. . .
We will complain about a stressful job, a horrible relationship, and undesired weight gain, yet understand that they could’ve been prevented, had we chosen the “road less traveled.” Let’s face it: we subconsciously hear that “no” and “don’t” in our gut, yet, ignoring it somehow produces natural endorphins. Addicting, I know.
The truth is, many people still choose forbidden fruits today, they just don’t appear in the form of an apple.
Honestly, I loathed feeling like a modern-day Eve. Immature mistakes and choices are forgivable, but definitely have their consequences in life. This is why it’s so important to hold ourselves accountable and practice self-denial. I’ve learned that I don’t always want what I think I want (if that makes any sense at all, haha).
In my early 20s, I decided to take a different approach on life, what I identified as beneficial, and how I evaluated wise choices and sound decisions. Let’s just say, as modern-day Eves (or Adams), we’ve all been given a second chance to choose, instead, the Tree of Life. Little did they know, that Tree was embraced by a vine with much better options. I’ll take grapes, kiwi, and berries over a basic apple any day.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit.” [John 15:5]
*Originally published on my personal blog: ashleyamor.com