27 September 2012


We read about Eden. God gave the man work in the garden before the fall, before the curse. Before the time of
"cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your face 
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground..."

But before that, what was it? A blessed ground?
In delight, we would eat of it all the days of our life;
wholeness and fullness, goodness and beauty it shall bring forth for us,
and we shall eat the plants of the field.
By laughter and happiness
you shall eat bread,
as you walk with me...?

The picture of the beautiful woman of Proverbs, "...she laughs at the time to come." That word laugh meaning rejoices, plays, celebrates. O delight. The future as delight. I wonder, before the curse was the future always a pretty sight? Fear the Lord -- the future is a time of praise and laughter.

We live under the curse, but what if we live out from under the curse? What if we live like the kingdom is not yet, but very fully present? What if I laugh at the day to come, live like I have enough? Because--actually factually--I do have enough. Not too much. Not rotting-under-the-trees too much or hoarded-in-the-bottom-of-my-refrigerator stocked up, but enough. Just enough.

In Christ
there is always

While we toil and Sophia burps up on the carpet, while the car needs to be repaired and that bill is higher than we expected, when weeds come up in the garden and bodies are getting old and I'm working hard and it's just not working, what if I remembered 



Liz said...


Momma S said...

oh, this was good for my soul. thanks, Anna Bee.