I was recently in Hawaii and drove past a sign for the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut company. It said they had a Visitor Center where you could sample the nuts and learn how they were processed. I love all kinds of nuts – almonds, pecans, cashews, walnuts and macadamias. I thought it might be fun to take a quick visit.

We drove three miles off the main road surrounded by thousands of macadamia trees. When we arrived at the Visitor Center there was a self-guided tour of the plant, a video about macadamia production and a store with all kinds of macadamia merchandise. I learned a lot about macadamias and how they are produced.

The macadamia is the hardest nut to crack. I always thought hazelnuts were hard to crack but macadamias are five times harder than a hazelnut. They actually have mechanical properties similar to aluminum. It takes three hundred pounds of pressure to crack a nut.

The average person cannot crack a macadamia shell. In years past Hawaiians would literally drive their cars over the nuts to crack them. The Mauna Loa plant puts the macadamias in giant tanks with forced air for ten days to soften them up. But after that they must still use special machines to crack open the shell. Now that is a tough nut to crack!

Of course, the result is a sweet, buttery, natural treat. You can eat them plain or chocolate covered. And a bunch of other ways too. Not to mention putting them in cookies. There are not many places in the world that grow macadamias since they require a certain climate and soil. They are native to Australia, popular in Hawaii and South Africa is the leading producer.

II Timothy 3:1 tells us, “You can be certain that in the last days there will be some very hard times.” It goes on to say in verse 4, “People, instead of loving God, they will love pleasure.” These are the times we are living in. And frankly it will get worse as more people chose to be godless.

Hard times will come for those who are godly. Choosing to follow the Bible’s principles and commands will not be easy. Persecution will visit all those who love God. And we will need to be tough enough not to crack under the pressure. Christ followers need to be unbreakable and unshakable. We must stand firm for truth regardless of cultural mores.

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