The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed.

While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease.

God’s image of perfection for Adam was a garden. His promise to Noah was that the natural seasons would continue.

I live in a roughly 2000 square foot brick house. Garden, schmarden. I’ll take a cul-de-sac. My house is kept at a pretty constant 76 degrees year round. Forget that four seasons silliness. Cold and heat? Those refer to settings on my thermostat. I have electric lights that make “day and night” irrelevant. Seed time and harvest? No, thanks, I’m an IT professional. I sit at a computer all day. Every two weeks I get a piece of paper indicating that a number in a computer somewhere has been increased by a certain amount. Then I go buy things, and that number goes down a little bit and another number in another computer goes up. As far as I’m concerned, food comes in plastic wrap. Not by the sweat of my brow.

God said “Be fruitful and multiply”
And man replied, “Behold, Lord, here are my two children. I knew that Thou meant for me to start a family after I finished college and was firmly established in my Career, both me and my wife. For I have a Mortgage. Two were all that would fit into my Lifestyle, seeing that my SUV does not have the optional third row of seats.”

God said “Fill the earth, and subdue it”
And man replied, “See, Lord, I have purchased for myself a marvelous cage made of bricks and glass, and am near many other like cages. For we fear Urban Sprawl, and must needs be near unto the Shopping Mall.”

God said “Rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
And man replied, “Animals are most smelly and dirty. Behold, I have fashioned a Cubicle wherein I may work all the day long, almost all the days of my life. But I shall keep a small yard wherein I may mow, and a garden wherein I may work a little, to Relax. And when I am old, I shall Retire, and spend all my time Travelling.”

God said “Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant.”
And man replied, “We thank Thee, Lord, for Fast Food and Frozen Dinners. We dislike Preservatives and Saturated Fat, but cannot afford to buy organic and extra lean foods.”

God said “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease.”
And man replied “We thank thee, Lord, for Central Heating and Air, and for the gift of Electric Lights.”

I don’t have any verses to prove this, but I strongly suspect that our 21st century middle class American lifestyle is NOT what God had in mind. Are we sure this is _progress_?

Of course we’ve made tremendous progress in many areas. I’m not knocking medicine, architecture, electricity, internal combustion engines, and fossil fuels. I’m just wondering about our lifestyles. Is this really the best we could come up with in the past few thousand years?

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5 Responses to Spring

  1. Jared says:

    Christianity Today had a cover story last year on the effects of the suburban lifestyle on the faith.
    Of course, they were pushing hard for a return to the cities, so it’s not like they were arguing for a return to “the garden.”

    Didn’t Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young have a song about getting back to the Garden? ;-)

  2. I think I need to go camping or something.

  3. Marla says:

    Great writing and message!

  4. Mike Gallaugher says:

    Fabulous, very cute. Honestly if not for the prayer Jesus prayed for His disciples the night before his arrest “Father I ask not that you take them out of the world, but that you protect them from the evil in the world” I would have become Amish in light of having similar feelings to what’s expressed in this post. Was that a run on sentance?

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