Many years ago, I attempted to cultivate a mushroom species. It is popularly known as Lion’s Mane with a typical unpronounceable scientific name Hericium erinaceus. Popular as delicacy in many parts of the world, it is affectionately known as Monkey Head or Pom Pom. Here is a photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
Knowing winks from colleagues always accompanied my revelation. “Oh sure, mushrooms…for eating, right?” There was always the suspicion that I was growing psychedelic mushrooms for nefarious purposes. I was enamored over the possibility of growing this exotic strain, not only for the culinary accents it may add but for the potential medicinal benefits. Several papers in the medical literature had touted the potential benefits of this mushroom in conditions ranging from diabetes to peripheral neuropathies. I thought growing these mushrooms would be an interesting side business, utilizing my skills as a biology major. I had even made contact with researchers in Seattle, Washington, who shared my enthusiasm.
There are many activities which we embark upon that are done for honest or noble purposes but, to those who are not acquainted with us or our usual activities, may be viewed or interpreted with an askance eye. Even our Lord Jesus Christ was not immune and was subjected to caustic taunts.
For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, “He has a demon.” The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, “Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.
Luke 7:33-35 (ESV)
In this day of ubiquitous and intrusive social media, hidden cameras, and drones, there are very few activities that can remain hidden. We may be incited to quickly pronounce judgment before all the facts are properly vetted. As our Lord Jesus Christ prophetically stated, “Wisdom is justified by all her children.”
Regrettably, I have definitely been quick to judge others, guilty of the same faults that others have perpetrated upon me. I need to continually seek the guidance of God, the Holy Spirit, to give me proper discernment to sift through the news and information that continually bombards us.
I need to continue to seek the source of all Wisdom, Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.