If the Curse has a soundtrack it’s Ironic by Alanis Morissette.
The song describes the break between our optimistic expectations and often the unfortunate way life turns out to be. That’s the curse of Genesis 3. The child a mother longs for now also brings her pain. The ground worked in hope of a harvest and a better life is continually found choked full of weeds.
“Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think?”
The early chapters of Genesis are of course mythological. Snakes don’t talk and no tree ever produced a fruit called “the knowledge of good and evil.” Its metaphor. But the metaphor is why it’s true.
What we build will be destroyed before us. What we love will also cause us pain.
“life has a funny way of sneaking up on you When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right.”
This tattoo I have on my arm reminds me of that. The one who sows is not guaranteed to reap. But the one who refuses to sow will never reap a thing.
Life is found in giving not in holding on