EDEN'S   GARDEN
Almost anyone is pleased to walk thru a garden. Itís springtime in the hearts of man, beast, birds, plants, fields, and trees. Life seems like one big beautiful garden as we feast our eyes upon trees, wildflowers, cultured gardens. Our senses pick up the smells of hyacinths, roses, lilies  and flowering blossoms and buds everywhere. Come with me now. Explore a few gardens, open your senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch to the wonders of our world created by the Master Gardener for our enjoyment.
Our First stop we will behold the wonders of the Garden of Eden. Our Master Gardener planted this one Himself toward the east, in Eden. There He placed the man and the woman whom He had formed and the man was to cultivate and keep it. Out of the ground God gave the first family every plant yielding seed and every tree which has fruit yielding seed for food. He planted the tree of life in the midst of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden. God explained to the man  he might eat of every tree of the garden except the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If he ate of that tree he would surely die. God looked upon all He made and saw that it was good.
Can you imagine what it would have been like in that garden? No weeds, all the most beautiful trees, flowers and plants to behold and to eat to your content that which was provided to keep you healthy. You could walk in the day among the fragrances of delicate, peaceful or strong, pungent plants, plucking some delicious fruit of the vine or a tree anytime! Yes anytime! You could lie in the grass and gaze at all the beauty around you listening to the birds singing and watching the little creatures scampering about as you soaked up the sunshine.
And most of all the Master Gardener came along in the cool of the evening to visit with you and share in the wonders of His creation He lovingly provided you. He would laugh, delighting in your joy over His gifts.
Then along comes this slinky shiny serpent alluring you to the Tree of  knowledge of good and evil. You have everything in the garden but this one tree. The serpent says, Oh, God didnít really say you couldnít eat of that special beautiful deliciously fruitful tree did He? God knows you will be like Him knowing good and evil the day you eat from it. You wonít die!Ē Now that causes you to wonder. Look at that fruit! Itís beautiful rich velvety red hue. You touch it, feeling its firmness, lifting it to smell its sweet fragrance and your mouth waters. Maybe the serpent is right! After all what harm can one little bite be? After all, God has given you all of the garden, surely He wonít mind your taking just a sampling of this delicious looking fruit. Besides, donít you need to be wise like God to enjoy all life has to offer? You look at it again, you reach out and touch it, then you bring it to your lips and take a bite. This is so juicy and sweet! Then your mouth is empty and the sweet juicy taste is gone! You thirst and hunger for more. Filling your basket, you run to give some to your husband in the nearby fields. Both of you devour the fruit. Itís all gone and you feel sick. Your stomach cramps and you know what is coming next. Why did you listen to that serpent? Oh! Oh! You just remember, God said not to eat of that fruit. Your husband is grumbling and spouting words youíve never heard before and youíre thinking thoughts youíve never thought before!
The sun is slowly setting. Oh no! the Master Gardner will be here for His visit soon! Will He know? Maybe we can just hide from him in that grove of trees. Maybe he wonít notice anything different. After all the fruit is gone! Your husband is complaining now. He says its your fault for giving him that fruit. Now he has to hide from God. You shout back, no! It was that serpent, he gave it to me! And then you both notice! God is there!
Your stomach is cramping and your husband is angry. Why does God have to show up now! You feel guilty. Wasnít it just a few hours ago you were walking through the garden enjoying the sunshine on your face, the gentle breezes filled with sweet fragrances as you tip-toed through the shallows at the riverís edge cooling your feet?
His booming voice makes you shudder, ďWhere are you?Ē Oh He knows where you are, why is He asking?
The next thing you know you and your husband look at the blood soaked ground where the beautiful leopard is no more. Looking down you see his soft fur against your skin. Running to the riverís edge you try to wash the blood off your hands.  No time for that your husband calls you. God is leading you both out of the garden.
Looking back the gateway is enforced by a flaming sword held in the cherubims hand. Weeping you follow your husband into the world blood soaked with evil. The Master Gardner has left you alone to survive on your own in this cruel world. And where is that serpent lurking?

Is there any hope in the despair of your life garden? Yes! God created with intricate detail the color, proportion, rhythm, line, balance, focus in the first garden.  He knew even then that man would rebel against His good plan for him. He knew you would rebel and seek your own lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and pride of life as Eve and Adam. God has a plan for you, just as He had a plan even before the Garden of Eden. He is still lovingly concerned for you, even though youíve separated yourself from him by choosing your own way. Letís explore the next gardens and see His majestic loving plan to bring us back into His care and His special garden for all those who seek Him.
                                                EDEN'S      GARDENS
Almost anyone is pleased to walk thru a garden. Itís springtime in the hearts of man, beast, birds, plants, fields, and trees. Life seems like one big beautiful garden as we feast our eyes upon trees, wildflowers, cultured gardens. Our senses pick up the smells of hyacinths, roses, lilies  and flowering blossoms and buds everywhere. Come with me now. Explore a few gardens, open your senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch to the wonders of our world created by the Master Gardener for our enjoyment.
Our First stop we will behold the wonders of the Garden of Eden. Our Master Gardener planted this one Himself toward the east, in Eden. There He placed the man and the woman whom He had formed and the man was to cultivate and keep it. Out of the ground God gave the first family every plant yielding seed and every tree which has fruit yielding seed for food. He planted the tree of life in the midst of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden. God explained to the man  he might eat of every tree of the garden except the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If he ate of that tree he would surely die. God looked upon all He made and saw that it was good.
Can you imagine what it would have been like in that garden? No weeds, all the most beautiful trees, flowers and plants to behold and to eat to your content that which was provided to keep you healthy. You could walk in the day among the fragrances of delicate, peaceful or strong, pungent plants, plucking some delicious fruit of the vine or a tree anytime! Yes anytime! You could lie in the grass and gaze at all the beauty around you listening to the birds singing and watching the little creatures scampering about as you soaked up the sunshine.
And most of all the Master Gardener came along in the cool of the evening to visit with you and share in the wonders of His creation He lovingly provided you. He would laugh, delighting in your joy over His gifts.
Then along comes this slinky shiny serpent alluring you to the Tree of  knowledge of good and evil. You have everything in the garden but this one tree. The serpent says, Oh, God didnít really say you couldnít eat of that special beautiful deliciously fruitful tree did He? God knows you will be like Him knowing good and evil the day you eat from it. You wonít die!Ē Now that causes you to wonder. Look at that fruit! Itís beautiful rich velvety red hue. You touch it, feeling its firmness, lifting it to smell its sweet fragrance and your mouth waters. Maybe the serpent is right! After all what harm can one little bite be? After all, God has given you all of the garden, surely He wonít mind your taking just a sampling of this delicious looking fruit. Besides, donít you need to be wise like God to enjoy all life has to offer? You look at it again, you reach out and touch it, then you bring it to your lips and take a bite. This is so juicy and sweet! Then your mouth is empty and the sweet juicy taste is gone! You thirst and hunger for more. Filling your basket, you run to give some to your husband in the nearby fields. Both of you devour the fruit. Itís all gone and you feel sick. Your stomach cramps and you know what is coming next. Why did you listen to that serpent? Oh! Oh! You just remember, God said not to eat of that fruit. Your husband is grumbling and spouting words youíve never heard before and youíre thinking thoughts youíve never thought before!
The sun is slowly setting. Oh no! the Master Gardner will be here for His visit soon! Will He know? Maybe we can just hide from him in that grove of trees. Maybe he wonít notice anything different. After all the fruit is gone! Your husband is complaining now. He says its your fault for giving him that fruit. Now he has to hide from God. You shout back, no! It was that serpent, he gave it to me! And then you both notice! God is there!
Your stomach is cramping and your husband is angry. Why does God have to show up now! You feel guilty. Wasnít it just a few hours ago you were walking through the garden enjoying the sunshine on your face, the gentle breezes filled with sweet fragrances as you tip-toed through the shallows at the riverís edge cooling your feet?
His booming voice makes you shudder, ďWhere are you?Ē Oh He knows where you are, why is He asking?
The next thing you know you and your husband look at the blood soaked ground where the beautiful leopard is no more. Looking down you see his soft fur against your skin. Running to the riverís edge you try to wash the blood off your hands.  No time for that your husband calls you. God is leading you both out of the garden.
Looking back the gateway is enforced by a flaming sword held in the cherubims hand. Weeping you follow your husband into the world blood soaked with evil. The Master Gardner has left you alone to survive on your own in this cruel world. And where is that serpent lurking?

Is there any hope in the despair of your life garden? Yes! God created with intricate detail the color, proportion, rhythm, line, balance, focus in the first garden.  He knew even then that man would rebel against His good plan for him. He knew you would rebel and seek your own lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and pride of life as Eve and Adam. God has a plan for you, just as He had a plan even before the Garden of Eden. He is still lovingly concerned for you, even though youíve separated yourself from him by choosing your own way. Letís explore the next gardens and see His majestic loving plan to bring us back into His care and His special garden for all those who seek Him.
Pamela Gray Karges
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