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Have you ever thought about the number of layers we encounter in different settings? In renovations, you may encounter layers of paint, layers of wallpaper, and layers of flooring. Layer cakes are yummy. Paper mache requires many layers. Veneer, lamina, mask, coating,covering, substratum and ply are synonymous with layers. Some are layers we wear to protect, other layers beautify and still others strengthen. At first Edmund loved being the dragon but discovered his layers blocked his ability for true relationship. Then he submitted to Aslan and was reborn. Aslan's tender but painful incision restored Edmund. We don't see who we are until the Creator peels back the layers we've added to protect ourselves. Then in utter gentleness, He calls us out of our self-made fortresses, then invites us to clothe ourselves with Himself.

"You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;

You perceive my thoughts from afar. (Ps. 139:1,2)

Layers can be both negative and positive. The number of tree rings indicates growth. Those rings tell the story of the growing season. Wide rings denote plenty of rain and nutrients. Narrow rings denote drought and a dirth of available plant food. Despite how small a ring may be, growth still happened. Don't forget that!

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