We have come such a long way since the beginning of creation. It seemed such a simple task God gave to Adam and Eve. They were placed in a garden to live and told to take care of the animals and tend the garden.
Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. Genesis 2:15
Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. Genesis 2:19
Today many might think tending the garden and caring for animals to be a menial task, but I’m very sure God knew what He was doing.
We had yet another beautiful fall day, so I decided to head down to the marsh. I have noticed many times now, that we may arrive at the marsh as strangers, but by the time we leave, strangers can become acquaintances.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1
The duck in the picture above is a Northern Shoveler. It’s a migrating bird, and it has chosen to make a stop, and get some rest before heading our over Lake Ontario. This is the first time I’ve been able to get so close of a look at this beautiful waterfowl. They must be hungry and a bit more relaxed and not aware of the proximity to humans.
While the birds are physically feeding, I’ve noticed that we who are watching them are also feasting whether we realize it or not. We may not be physically feeding, but we are being fed emotionally.
There is excitement among us as we watch the antics of the birds. We also express our joy when we see the birds preening or flying. While all this is happening, for those moments, there is not a care in the world. There is no thought of finances, no thoughts of negativity. Our only thoughts may be of the bird and anticipating it’s next move. We are only jerked back into reality when we realize the time and other duties that call us back.
Our First Task:
I believed God gave this task of tending the garden and the animals to Adam and Eve because He knew how freeing and relaxing it could be. He knew it would be something that would bring them joy and laughter, and their minds would be filled with the beauty they saw around them.
Unfortunately sin came and scared and clouded our minds for a life time, and many can never seem to capture the joy that comes from nature and the simple way of living.
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