Now there were some terrible seeds on the planet that was home of the little prince; and these were the seeds of the baobab. The soil of the planet was infested with them. A baobab is something you will never, never be able to get rid of if you attend to it too late. It spreads over the entire planet.
It bores clear through it with its roots…
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
A friend of mine recently gave me this little gem of a book. I vaguely remember reading it when I was child, but reading the book as an adult has opened up brand new doors of understanding.
As I read the above quote from the book I thought about the “baobab seeds” that I’ve let take root in my life. While there are many times in my life that I’ve encountered the destructive power of those seeds there is one example that stands out more than the rest.
During one of my more serious bouts with depression, I fell prey to the eating pattern of binging. I remember buying a bag of Oreo cookies. My plan was to just eat a couple of them to satisfy my sweet tooth. So, I took a couple out of the bag, dunked them in milk, and proceeded to enjoy the sugar rush.
I was soon distracted by the movie playing on my television. When there was a lull in the action packed film I happened to glance down at the bag of Oreos. I was shocked to discover that I had eaten two entire rows of the addictive cookies.
Right then I promised myself that I would never, under any circumstances, indulge to that extent again. It was a great promise, but it was one that I failed to keep.
Those two rows of Oreos soon became the entire bag eaten over a period of a couple of hours. Then because I was overloaded with sugar I craved something salty. In order to appease that salt craving I’d open a bag of Lays Salt & Vinegar potato chips. I would pour myself a small bowl of the chips in order to have some kind of control over the portion size. My mistake was placing the opened bag of chips next to the bowl. This easy access temptation enabled me to refill my bowl numerous times.
The result of my out of control binging was my weight topping the scales at 240 pounds and being medically labeled as “grossly obese.” As I look back, I can see that the day I ate those two rows of Oreos was where the seeds of obesity began to grow. If I hadn’t provided the soil (by indulging my cravings) for the seeds they would have never grown roots which resulted in the destruction of my health for many years.
The good news is that God in His mercy gave me a second chance. I am now constantly on the look out for “baobab seeds” that are trying to take root in my life. If I see even one, I know to pull it up then hand it over to God to dispose of permanently.
If you have some “baobab seeds” trying to take root in your life please visit us at the Glennon House. We will pray for you as you hand over those destructive seeds to the Lord.
You must see to it that you pull up regularly all the baobabs, at the very first
moment when they can be distinguished…(p 23)