There’s No Place Like Home (Part 1)
There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home… we all remember how desperate Dorothy sounded when she repeated those words at the beginning and the end of the Iconic
Motion Picture ‘The Wizard of Oz. Have you ever looked around your home and asked the question, what make this house a home? Is it our address that makes our house a home? Is it the furniture inside of our house that makes our house a home? Or perhaps could it be the people in the house and their relationship one with another?
When we are without the sanctuaries of home or a good sound relationship we can become distressed with all of the catapults in life. At times it can feel like we’re being tossed to and fro. We all have experienced this at one time or another. These feelings can cause anxiety and frustration just the way Dorothy sounded during her life storm. We long for that feeling of peacefulness and tranquility. The feeling of comfort and safety we have when we are in a place of familiarity. Before we can get to that place of stillness we must work on bettering ourselves and building sound relationships. There are things we must do, much like a farmer who cultivates the ground prior to building a great garden.
Cultivating a relationship requires a willingness to invest your time, treasures and talents not to mention energy. This investment is without any guarantee of a beneficial return. It is left up to us to know if the effort is worth the risk. We must be willing to express our desires, our dreams and our inner most secrets with another and be confident that they find the same interest in us. We can only hope that the individual is deserving of all we have to offer.
Let’s be honest, sharing our deepest darkest secrets may be difficult to do. It requires an
enormous amount of trust; the kind of trust that takes time to build between two individuals. This does not happen overnight. After investing a vast amount of effort into the fabrication of a desired relationship, what happens when things go awry, when things get complicated? What happens when trust is broken? How far would you go to protect a great relationship that is based solely upon love?
Genesis 2:15 says; “and the LORD God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it”. Once I was in bible study and my teacher asked the question; “What was the “it” that God was referring to?” Now for me I thought this is easy and would make for great study so I went head strong into a full detail study for an answer.
Clearly from a literary stand point the “it” was a personal pronoun for the Garden of Eden, it could very well have been the job that God gave Adam in the Garden, to cultivate it and keep it, to me that makes all the sense in the world however, this study somehow continues to ask the question, what was the Garden of Eden? Was it simply a place that Adam was placed into to work? Or was “The Garden of Eden” something much, much more. Perhaps the Garden of Eden was far more than what we can imagine? Perhaps there was something more that Adam should have cultivated and kept and guarded.
Next Tuesday let’s take a closer look at how scripture describes Adam’s home called “The Garden of Eden."