I have been peeling onions lately.
The outer skin is thin and flakes off revealing a thicker layer of meaty onion underneath. When you cut into the onion the aroma is pungent, sharp and stings the eyes. As you cut into the onion your eyes tear up, you blink and it is hard to see. You want to close your eyes, but you can’t because you have to finish the work of cutting the onion. If you close your eyes you could cut yourself. In order for an onion to lose its sting and become sweet it must be peeled , cut and cooked. I love cooked onions that have been carmelized. I could eat a plate of them and nothing else.
Life is like an onion. On the surface it is golden and pretty. But when you pick it up, the skin flakes off, falling to the ground. What is revealed underneath is the many, many layers of life. In order to get to the goodness of what God wills for us, we have to peel those pungent layers away one at a time. If we peel one layer and our eyes sting-we might put the onion down-never going back to it again- then it will ripen with rot and stink. BUT if we persevere in cutting to the next layer and the next, working through the sting, we will eventually get to the goodness of the onion. We peel, cut and cook. It is in the cooking that the sweet flavor is revealed.
Love in an onion
You see, we should never give up, even when it’s hard. When we peel those layers away, and see what’s revealed, sometimes we get a little sting, sometimes we get a lot. Other times we may get none. It is in the stinging that we find out who we are and what we stand for. Will we run away with tears in our eyes, or will we wipe them away and press on? Just like the onion. When it is cooked-it is sweet and flavorful. We can be like that too. It takes time, persistence, patience and perseverence. It doesn’t happen overnight and we must never, ever give up. Because if we do- then like the onion that life is left to rot- we stink!
So, what will you do with your layers of onion?
Will you peel one layer and run away crying? Never to return again.
Will you peel layer after layer to reveal the sweetness of what awaits you?
Stand on God’s Truth and speak all things in love.