Pondering today on trees.
One morning this week, I woke up several hours earlier than normal. When that happens, I usually talk to God as I’m trying to fall back to sleep. This particular morning, we discussed trees….the trees in the garden in Genesis.
The questions I have and the answers He has given are way too lengthy for this post but I will share a snippet of my pondering.
There were two trees in the garden that are specifically named, The Tree of the KNOWLEDGE of good and evil and The Tree of Life. There were two named but only one that was forbidden to eat…KNOWLEDGE of good and evil. The adversary of our soul tells us that if we just eat from that tree we will be like God, knowing all things but God tells us that if we eat of that tree, we will surely die.
We look at Adam and Eve and think why did they eat from that tree? Why did they mess up? But the truth is …we have the same choice today.
We have two trees to choose from.
The KNOWLEDGE Tree tells us that WE can be like God. If we believe the right thing, read the bible enough, pray enough, go to church enough, be involved in social justice enough…we will be like Him, we will be closer to Him, He will be pleased with us and we will be in right standing with Him IF and ONLY IF, we “do” something…believe something, live out something, share something, sacrifice something, etc. The problem with this tree is that it puts US in the drivers seat. Everything is based on our knowledge of right/wrong, good/evil, truth/lies and on and on. We are on a never ending cycle of “Doing” something so we can “Become” something. This cycle eventually leads to the fear that I haven’t “done” enough and I’ll never “become” or we go through seasons where we don’t “feel” close to God because we aren’t “doing” things right. Religion thrives off of and fertilizes this tree.
The LIFE Tree says the exact opposite. It tells us that we are created in the image and likeness of God and we don’t have to “do” anything to “become” like Him. It tells us that He lives IN us, breathed His very spirit in us and we are not on a journey of getting closer to Him because He is always there. We are invited into a journey of discovering how beautiful He is and how passionately He loves us. This tree tells us that HE did it ALL and we don’t have to do any of the driving. He doesn’t need our help in saving the world! Oh my goodness, did she just say that?! Yes, I did. He has already taken care of everything through Jesus. The work of Christ was not partially done and we need to finish it up…IT IS FINISHED. This tree tells us that because He has done it all, we can just “be” and not “do”. This tree doesn’t take us on a journey of “doing” to be accepted but it takes us on a journey of “being” who we are…His.
So what do we do with this pondering? We stop hiding from God because we are naked and ashamed. We wake up to the good news that separation was never in the mind of God …only in ours. We stop eating from a tree that leads to death and we eat from the tree that gives life.
Love well my friends! Happy Sunday!