“Working the Land”
“Why did Adam have to go and eat that apple?”
Have you ever planted a garden? Please notice I didn’t ask if you had ever done any gardening, because you may think planting a few cute flowers around your tree in the front yard is gardening. No, I’m talking about tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans, etc. Back in the day, I would help my grandfather with his garden each summer. It was hard work!
I thought my days of working the land were over. Then a few years ago, my wife decided it was time to get back in the game. In what can only be explained as selective memory, I eagerly agreed. It was the same kind of selective memory a mother has about the pain of childbirth. At the time she swears this is her last child, but then a strange metamorphosis of the brain occurs and she begins wanting to go through that whole ordeal again. What could she be thinking? And what was I thinking to agree to grow a garden?!
What does God’s Word say?:
Then God said to the man, “You listened to what your wife said, and you ate fruit from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat. “So I will put a curse on the ground,
and you will have to work very hard for your food. In pain you will eat its food all the days of your life. Genesis 3:17
So, as I was breaking up the dirt around the plants, picking out buckets of rocks, fertilizing, watering and well, you get the picture, I couldn’t help but wonder why in the world Adam had to eat that stinking fruit and now here I am dealing with “cursed ground” and working very hard for my food! Then it hit me, what Adam did I do everyday.
Adam chose to listen to his flesh instead of his Father, been there done that! He chose to please those around him instead of the One who made him, guilty! He decided to play God with his life instead of surrendering his life to God, convicted as charged!
Here is my point, never let your wife talk you into anything! Just kidding. Actually, just as Adam had a choice to make that day, you have a choice to make today. Are you going to stay true to God? Are you going to listen to the world, or the One who made the world?
Just a thought!
Credit: Lance Brown with WHOYOUWITH ministries, a Sports Chaplain at Vanderbilt University
Submitted by Ken Cross.