“The Lord God took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15
What are we waiting for?
When we learned our daughter needed to be delivered two months pre-mature, the doctors went over an inventory of potential complications and deficiencies. As a soon to be first time parent, it was overwhelming and quite frightening –the worry of the nursery not being complete quickly left my mind. I felt like everything was out of my control and in the hands of others. After the delivery several hours later, as the nurses “foot printed” my hospital scrubs, I observed Grace had an extra toe where I had partially lost one in an accident 30 years earlier. While not a particularly faithful person at the time, my analytical mind could only interpret this coincidence as a signal from God. That realization transformed me from a helpless spectator to a responsible participant in all things.
Six years later, during Disciple I, I connected a new understanding of “The Lord God took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.” (Genesis 2:15), to that transformative day of Grace’s birth. It became clear that we should not wait to reach God’s Kingdom, but are present in it now as stewards and that we have the privileged responsibility to nurture and maintain His creation for all. Since then, whenever faced with uncertainty, I recall that obligation to build and sustain heaven here on earth to guide me.
Oh, God, help us to know we are present now in your kingdom. Thank you for the privilege to be stewards of it. Amen.