FROM THE. GROUND UP. !

Genesis 2:9 The Lord God made all the trees grow out of the ground. These trees were nice to look at, and their fruit was good to eat. The tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil grew in the middle of the garden. —GODS WORDS Translation

In the Bible , a beautiful Garden Of Eden was described : as having four water systems in the region, known today as Sudan, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. Imagine how beautiful the garden must have been? Along the banks of the river grew okra, tomatoes, watermelon, pumpkins 37 Easy Pumpkin Spice recipes Onions, cabbage, garlic and potatoes to name a few foods in the garden. All of these fruits and vegetables sound so yummy. In the Garden of Eden , the Lord God made the tree grow out of the ground. How creative and awesome is Gods creation? Think about this, when we stand up are we mindful of the solid mass of earth’s surface that supports us, its the ground? What does “ ground “ mean to you? What are you grounded to? What keeps you connected to something? Give It some thought . The Garden of Eden included trees from the ground (our support ). Soil, a black or dark brown mixture of nutrients that supply or feed the garden’s plants and trees. God meticulously created the trees – a tall plant with a trunk and branches made of wood. Trees can live for many, many years, the oldest has been reported to be five-thousand years old . Now, lets take a walk outside or look out your window , look at all the amazing trees. Go ahead, take a few moments, look at the trunk; its protected from damage by its bark. Are you protected? What protects you from damage ? It could be your skin, a weapon , your clothing, your love ones, your highly intelligent mind . Quickly , in all situations God has been my “bark”, when I rose this morning I didn’t have any doubt in who and what was the core of my protection. I’ve been protected from dangers seen and unseen. So grateful to be grounded and connected to the author of life.

The branches grow from the bark and spread to provide the leaves for adequate sunshine. The leaves are usually green and come in various shapes and sizes. The leaves absorb sunlight and uses water and food from the roots to grow and grow and re-grow. There’s one more part of the tree, we often don’t see, however its super important. Yes, you guessed correct, it’s the roots. The roots are underground which carries food and water from the ground via the trunk and branches and into the leaves of the tree. Let’s pause. Slow down, S. T. O. P !!!! Imagine yourself as a tree, what tree would you be? Would you be tall, as a mountain top or would you be small as a single rain drop? How would your branches look, in your branches book? Tell me about your leaves , are they full of nutrients to be home to the birds and the bees? Now, for the root, it is steadfast, unwavering and never moot.

If you could create your Garden of Eden , how would it look? Would you have one vegetable or many of various colors, shapes and sizes. Would you choose only a rose are would you have bluebonnets, tulips, kangaroo paws, carnations, pine trees, cherry trees and others? My garden would be symbolic of the people I know. I’m reminded of the words of Jesse Jackson -“Our nation is a rainbow, red, yellow brown, black ad white, and we’re all precious in God’s sight.” Growing in my garden would be some of the foods I was “grounded “on as a child. We had peach tree, pecan trees, pear trees, apple trees, okra, figs, and onions growing in the back yard. I didn’t really like figs but when my mom would add them into her cakes and pies ..oh yes it was transformation time and all my friends and neighbors ate them. What fruit or vegetable would you exclude from your list? Perhaps, it would be different if an alternative could be found to re-invent it, just as mom included the figs and once in the cake , I loved them. In Genesis 2:9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground- trees that was pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (New International Version). Check back next week for the continuation of FROM THE GROUND UP! PLEASE leave a comment and share with others. Like, comment and subscribe to my newsletter Thank You

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