Archive for May 8, 2011
A few years ago the tree in the Garden of Eden experience hit me when I was stricken with meningitis. It was an eye opener to the fact that all things are intended for the good pleasure of God. What I learned is when we listen to the deception such as the question of “Did God Say” or “Why Did God Say” it seems to bring the opposite of the good that was intended. The key mistake is questioning what God created for us. I once had a good friend say Roc one day you will see that what was once black will be white and what was white will be gray and both will have a tint of red that covers it. Of course he wasn’t talking Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues here. LOL.
What I came to realize was; as we see ourselves in our worst state of being, God is calling out “where are you’? He didn’t hide Himself from us even though we polluted the good He intended. Our view is often manifested in the bad or the polluted perception of what is God going to think of me now. We often feel that way when we ruin something of importance that someone else gives us or does for us. We begin to slip into a place where we hide from God and each other. However God actually seeks to find us in what we know as our darkness because He created all things for himself. Even the tree in the Garden “he created all the trees in the garden”. His plan was to preserve us from the pain and suffering of evil. We screwed up however God didn’t, He still sees us as his children.
What is deceptive; is our mind will say God is not in this place and yet we experience just the opposite. When do we find God the most? We most commonly find him and each other when we are under the grips of evil. Why? Because he is there in that crisis or evil grasp; calling out where are you? The beautiful thing is we may have pain in the knowledge of good and evil; however, it is in the ability to know good and evil that God has given us “free will” to choose life and be free from evil. Even through our disobedience, God sees us in the light of good and continues to call our name unto his perfect peace. The challenge to us is this. The big word during my illness was GET RE-CONNECTED. The meningitis had caused my nervous system to shut down and the specialist couldn’t figure out what strain of virus had taken over my neurological system. The nerve endings were damaged and the signal processes could not connect properly. Even though I had the spoon in my hand I could not connect the process of getting it to my mouth. However the good in the midst of the bad was God calling out, where are you? It was there in my crisis that God revealed to me that there were relationships that I had to re-connect to and obtain forgiveness as well as give forgiveness. My mouth was the word and faith. The spoon in the hand was my works. What I realized was faith without works is dead and I needed to take the step forward in resolving these matters. There is power and inspiration in the garden if we would just stand naked before God rather than hide and cover up our sorrow our fears and our insecurities. This breaking down of pride, hurt feelings, sadness, and or other fearful feelings; is not limited to God and the garden, but to each other in our everyday lives. Just remember all things were created by God and all things begin and end there. We should often re-connect with God in the garden and obtain the fullness of Gods presence, in a place of both obedience and disobedience. Lets not turn away those things and people that God has placed in our lives; and most importantly God Himself. He will be the one calling out your name, where are you my child” Just a thought..
- What happened to the Tree of Good and Evil after Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden of Eden (wiki.answers.com)
- Man’s Free Choice to Separate from God (brighthub.com)
- Why did God not want Adam and Eve eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (wiki.answers.com)
- Good Bill Paxton vs. Evil Bill Paxton (tommennaindustries.wordpress.com)
- “Redefining evil – it’s just a lack of empathy” and related posts (nzconservative.blogspot.com)