THE PIT.

February 13, 2018




A few days ago I was slicing a mango, because I like to pretend that I’m healthy, and received yet another random revelation. The mango has become one of my favorite fruits, but oh my goodness the process to prepare the darn thing drives me crazy. You have to peel off all the skin while trying to keep as much of the meat as possible. Trying to slice the fruit is like holding a wet bar of soap in your hands. And in an attempt to preserve as much meat as possible, you end up with pieces of the pit, in your messy creation. I’m probably just lacking domestic skills, buy y’all its a struggle. 

Think back to the day that you made the decision to give your life to Jesus. This may have been way back in the day, pretty recent, or still in the making, but I’ll bet you our storylines all have a common denominator. 

When you gave your life to Christ, did you really give Him all of it right away? Or was it a process? For me, it took some removing of the layers, as well as some slicing and dicing. This journey has been mess, and in many ways, hard to grip. Most of all, it has been a constant battle between my now, and my past.

The day after this fruit spiritually punched me in the throat, I attended my church’s prayer service where my pastor mentioned something about being in the pit of your life. Honestly, I cant remember what he said (Sorry Pastor!), but I do remember that it got me to thinking about my experience with the mango, and lead me to write this post. 

Your past matters.
Something I was always convinced of, was that my past wasn’t important. Time and time again, I was told “Leave the past in the past.” I get it, what’s done is done, and I cannot dwell in the things I cannot change. However, I cannot act as if that they didn’t happen. I CAN embrace them, learn from them, and grow through them. I would not be here today, had yesterday not happened. 

BUT, your past does not define you. 
No one buys a mango with the intention of eating the pit, at least I hope not. Still, the pit is vital to the fruit. It is because of the pit, they we are able to enjoy the fruit, but at the end of the day, the meat is what makes a mango a mango. Not its over-sized, super annoying LOG in the middle. This is the same as our lives. Surely our past helps to mold us into the people we are today, but it is not us. There is a reason it is called our past. Because it is not our now. Its not how the story ends.

So cut it off.
It is okay to acknowledge the pit, but don’t stay there. Don’t let that nasty seed thing ruin the goodness of the fruit you bear. It is so important that we learn to truly let go of all the ugly, nasty hurt of our past that somehow seeps into our present. IT’S OVER. It’s done its job, and now its time to let it go. Cut it off, and throw it away.


Now on to the fruit.
At the end of all this mango mayhem, I am left with this yummy fruit that thanks to being from Texas, I drench in chili powder, and inhale in very few bites. Though the process was messy, frustrating, and painful (you, know they 570,483 times I’ve sliced a finger) at the end of it all, the fruit was good. 

The pit of our lives can be dark, lonely and just plain annoying, but when cared for correctly, it bears the most beautiful fruit. 
So if you are in a pit, coming of a pit, or looking back at the ugly thing, GET OUT. CUT IT OUT. AND STAY OUT.

Love always,
Destinee Johnson


“He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.” Psalm | 40:2

14 comments

  1. I really enjoyed this post. Currently wrestling with past issues, and knowing that it is ok to find a way to incorporate my past while growing as a person is comforting to me. <3

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    1. I am so glad this song could bring you some comfort. Thanks for reading.

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  2. Great advice. It's so important to be positive and enjoy the mango mayhem. šŸ˜Š

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed. Thank you so much for reading!

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  3. I think everyone can relate to this idea and have something they struggle with or have struggled with for a long time.

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    1. I'm glad you could relate! Thanks for reading!

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  4. We've been going through a lot at our house and I definitely needed to read this today! There is no pit too large! I'm going to keep reminding myself of that! Thanks!

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    1. I am so happy this could help! Praying for your family!

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  5. Oh girl. This is awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Hold the phone- chilli powder on a mango?! What is this! Haha. Beautiful metaphor.

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    1. Yes! Its a Mexican thing. Thank you so much for reading!

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  7. AWWWW... lovely. I'm happy to see these kind of post to remind us and keep us in line. Thank you love. have a bless night.

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm happy you enjoyed!

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