Naked and Afraid
While the title may catch your attention, the prospect of ever going on that popular TV reality show is even scarier. I must admit that while I was traveling on the road in the past, watching this show was the true essence of watching the very basics of human emotions. Truly they bared their souls when under intense pressure to survive. BTW all the important parts were covered up so that anyone could watch.
For those of you who have never heard of it, a man and a woman are sent out into the wild (a la Adam & Eve), with maybe one survival tool of their choice into an area that is difficult to survive in for 21 days. They have to supply their own food, build their own shelter, and if they make it that far they have to traverse a dangerous route back to the pick up point to go home. I have seen folks totally lose it, break down, tap out and some get so physically sick they had to be airlifted to a hospital. Others lost up to 30 pounds during their time. Sounds like a fun show right?
What intrigued me the most was the human interaction during these 21 anxious days. They either worked together as a team or broke down into a burden on each other. Always reminded me of this human race that we are in and how difficult it is for us to get along with so much more to count on than what two of these pairs survived on. We take so many things for granted, even other human beings.
God always intended that we be naked in our relationships with each other (The Garden Of Eden), but mankind broke the bond with God and we have been afraid of bearing our souls with each other ever since. So we dress ourselves up, hide our feelings, wear masks, anything to be something other than Naked And Afraid!
You see, when we can trust each other, be sincerely honest with each other, amazingly good things begin to happen. We must first start by realizing that God already knows what we look like inside and out. If we become real with Him, then we can start being real with each other.
And because there are some faults, some past failures, we should never be afraid of what another human being thinks of us or can do to us.
After all, If God is for us, who can be against us? To him, being Naked And Afraid is exactly where he wants us to be because His strength is perfected in our weakness, not in our ability to survive without Him.
If we could ask Adam and Eve if they wanted a do over, I am sure we know what the answer would be. We, on the other hand have the ability to have a do over every day thanks to someone who was nearly naked and somewhat afraid (Garden of Gethsemane), but he did what he had to do anyway to give us a chance.
Do we want an apple or eternal joy? I am sure they have a whole lot tastier ones in heaven!
3/14/2022 04:00:35 am
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Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.