God created Eden because He created Mankind for gardens. We know our human need for gardens was already in His mind because He is the God Who Prepares. He prepared Eden, then He made us and placed us there.
Since our own “better idea” got us expelled, we’ve been trying to get back into the garden. That’s what every religion wants. Rather than trying to outsmart God as our means to return to the garden, we could just follow His plan and live in house-gardens. Sustainable food from home could bring world peace because everyone would already be in gardens. · · · →
Safety isn’t a shell, it’s a habit. Shells, gates, and borders can hold us while we grow and hold back an enemy on attack. But, when you’re grown or the enemy breaches the wall, your safety is in your strength, skill, and preparation for struggle within your borders.
Unless you walk, live, and remain at large within your domain, you have no domain to keep your liberty. When we exercise our freedoms, it has a policing affect against burglars who would sneak over our fences and lay traps in our own back yards. We are only as free we walk. · · · →
Fear drives the fearful to hide from false alarm. When driven to fear, some of us easily become bullies, threatening and harming those who are neither controlled by fear nor injured by what is feared. Yet, while fear-driven bullies seek to dominate, those without fear must take their stand.
It’s not bad to insist on living normally. When you do, bullies will falsely accuse you of bullying. To some extent, you can ignore words that spit venom without bite, but when people disrupt your normal pursuit of vibrancy, you must stop the bullies and those tho aid and abed bullying. · · · →
What we expect can really hurt when it shows up in the wrong place, facing the wrong direction. Maybe it’s our uninformed, inexperienced instincts that lie to us about what’s coming. Maybe it’s our wishful thinking that clouds our reason. Just when we think a thing will happen, it doesn’t.
The aftermath—that’s the bite. We’re all set up, ready, prepped, primed, oiled, juiced, and waiting for what we are just so certain will come. Then, a surprise of nothing, then something we thought shouldn’t have been. It takes a lot of bites to learn which reversals will come next. · · · →