I like walnuts, but did you ever see the walnut just off of the tree? It’s a large, hard green pod. The pod must be broken open. Inside is a black sticky goo that stains everything in sight. Only then, when that is all cleaned off, do you get to the shell, which then has to be carefully cracked to get to the nut. A lot of time, patience, and persistence are involved in getting to the meat. Here we have another analogy to our faith. Scripture, time and again, invites us to invest the time, seeking God with patience and persistence. The world, the flesh, and the devil are the goo that distracts us with many “important things” that need to be taken care of first, as well as very busy schedules. It takes persistence, and we fail, but we keep at it. We will find that the meat of the Word is really good food. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “you will seek me and find Me when you seek Me with all of your heart.” Knowing and walking with our Lord should be the deepest desire of our hearts.