Misinterpretations Galore

I baked an Apple Shortbread today. It’s delicious. I’ve eaten three pieces.

BIG pieces.

One of my favorite things about the recipe is that it has some relaxation time prescribed within it.

The recipe tells me to measure out the ingredients, mix them together and then:

Chill for ten minutes

I love that part. I have no idea why this decades old recipe would have some chill time built in but I’m not going to complain.

I generally sit down, kick back, maybe put some music on and just, well, chill for ten minutes.

Actually, I normally end up chilling for longer than ten minutes. I mean, why cut a good thing short?

As I was chilling today, something occurred to me.

Maybe it wasn’t me who was supposed to chill. Maybe I was supposed to put the mixture in the refrigerator or something?

It’s hard to tell.


That got me thinking about last winter at the cabin.

We spent some time at a friend’s cabin in the mountains last winter and one day we took the kids out to play in the snow.

It was COLD that day and after a few snowball fights with a rather large amount of snow getting itself into my snow suit, I was FREEZING. Seriously, I thought I was going to turn into a rather overweight Popsicle.

That was when I remembered some advice I had read. I have no idea why those freezer icepack things have advice on what to do in the cold on them, but they do – and so I followed it:

Lay Flat When Freezing

It didn’t specify whether I should lay on my back or my front, so I tried both and neither helped.

It turns out that laying flat does NOT help you warm up when you’re out in the snow.

So why would they write that?

It seems the instruction may have been referring to the icepack it was written on. Apparently it was instructing me to lay the ice pack flat in the freezer, not to lay flat in the snow when I get cold.

Other Misinterpretations

So now I’m wondering what else I’ve misunderstood or misinterpreted in my life.

Gabe Taviano wrote about misinterpretation recently. Specifically, he wrote about how people choose to interpret the bible based on their own particular beliefs or desires.

Really, with a little bit of work, people can convince themselves and others that the bible says absolutely anything they want it to say.

So I wonder where my misinterpretations are, where my bad theology is.

It would be incredibly arrogant of me to suggest that I am the one person on the planet who can read the bible and understand every word absolutely correctly.

What do I misinterpret?

I do my best to study, compare, weigh up and pray about everything I read but I know I get things wrong at times.

It’s that knowledge that keeps me on my toes, helps me stay open to correction and reproof.

How about you?

What do you do to ensure you don’t misinterpret what you read in the bible? Have you ever spent time laying flat in the snow only to find out the instruction meant something else?