“The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.”
Knowledge can be a dangerous thing. As we get older, the list of things we would rather not know gets longer. In fact, there seem to be many things in life where evil is allowed to flourish because knowing is too painful and looking the other way seems to be the easier option. The history of the human race is littered with those who don’t want to know about evil and those who don’t want anyone to know about their evil deeds.
The story of God’s relationship with us starts with him wanting to know us and him giving us a choice of good things, symbolized by the trees in the Garden of Eden. We had a choice to embrace the gift or be greedy for more knowledge of both good and evil. We chose greed and knowledge and that bad choice still hurts us today.
That could be the end of the story but actually it was only the beginning. Just as trees still fill the countryside with beauty and fruit, so God still offers us his friendship and a wonderful world full of good things to eat.
As we look at the trees around us and marvel at the beauty we see, let’s remember that God still offers us a choice. Life and being known and loved by him are still his plan for us but we have to choose.
Give thanks for the beauty and pleasure we can find in creation.
Go for a walk. See what you notice. What colours can you see and what sounds can you hear?