What makes it hard to submit? This week Larry asked me to stay home one night from something I’d helped to plan. This wasn’t an arbitrary request. He was trying to protect me. I had been sick the week before and was experiencing an energy crisis. There was a hole in my energy tank, and by evening I felt like a vampire had sucked the life out of me. Despite his good intentions, I wrestled briefly before yielding.
I had just listened to Milton describe Eve’s naïveté in Paradise Lost. Milton presents Eve as a captivating beauty who needed safeguarding. He pictures Adam warning Eve as she sets out to explore. Eve thinks Adam is being unnecessarily cautious and dismisses his warnings. Milton’s Eve seemed more like a young child than an adult woman—a bit insulting to modern day women—but then she fell for the serpent’s lies.
With that background I thought about Larry’s request. “Please stay home. You’re going out of town next week. I saw two people today who got sick with something worse soon after their first sickness.” Perhaps he could see something I couldn’t. I consented.
The Bible says, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ,” (Ephes. 5:21, NIV). So why do we resist submitting to each other? When Larry first asked me, I had two opposite reactions. One side of me felt insulted. The other side felt protected.
I resisted because my flesh said: [click to continue…]