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PECANS…are my favorite nuts. At this time of year they are ready for harvesting. Several of our neighbors have large trees and this year it has been a bunker crop. The squirrels are loving it! And the doves come swooping in to eat the crushed ones. People, even families, are walking or driving by, stopping to stuff their pockets, skirts, jackets and sacks with those lying on the ground. I admit I have eaten a few that have fallen in our yard. There is an art to successfully cracking a pecan in your hand without destroying the nut using two pecans.

There are so many ways to use pecans in foods and desserts. Joanne makes great pecan and Kentucky Derby pies from scratch. Awesome! Sugar coated, glazed, roasted, chocolate covered, candy bars-you name it. They go well in salads, candied yams, on cakes and just plain. Most everywhere this season you will find some form of pecans for your pleasureful eating. I have to admit that when there is a bowl of mixed nuts, I shake the bowl to drive the pecans to the surface. Addiction is the name for it.
As I reflected on these delicacies, I was reminded that there are actually two shells on every pecan. The outer one is initially green and soft, covering the hard inner shell. The outer one is easily removed and most are broken loose before or when contacting the ground.
And then the thought struck me-these layers are like the sin in our lives. ThePecan #2surface ones can be confessed immediately and are easily discarded from our lives. But the inner shell reflects those longstanding grievances and iniquities that have hardened our hearts creating roots of bitterness. They go un-confessed and wrap themselves around us, as the pecan’s hard shell does the nut. We all know that if the nut stays too long encased in the hard shell, the meaty nut decays. I am sure you have cracked into one like this. Same with us!Psalm 32:3 says it well. “When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long.”
The author of Hebrews reminds us. “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1). Lay aside every weight-confess, repent, lay it down! Peel off the soft outer shell, and get to work on the hard shell so you can be blessed in your inner being-where the good stuff resides-the fruit of the Spirit.“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit” (Psa. 32:1,2). Think about it-the only thing good for consumption about the pecan is the meaty nut inside. But you have to break it open to get to it. As for us, that is confession and repentance.
If you stay encased inside this hard shell of sin, what benefit are you to anyone, even the Lord? Like the pecan, you can’t break your own shell, but you can ask the Lord to do it for you. How? The psalmist continues. ‘I acknowledged my sin to you, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”, and you forgave the iniquity of my sin”‘ (vs:5). Voila! The nut is cracked, the inner self is freed from the hard shell of sin, and you are free to be used for what you were created. Now, doesn’t that feel better? Pass the pecans!
Happy Advent of our Lord! Jesus came and He is coming again!
Copyright 2012
By Bill C. Dotson
Scripture taken from the New King James Version

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