by Kristen C. Strocchia
“Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground–trees that were 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.” Genesis 2:8-9
It’s an amazing thought that even after God tailored His whole Creation to the needs of man, He goes one step further and personalizes the first man’s first home–Eden. A garden specially planted by God. A garden full of trees. Just like today, some of the trees were just beautiful while others were meant for food.
Now when the Bible says that, “God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground,” I believe He did so pretty immediately. Like the original Miracle-Gro–on supernatural steroids…aka miraculously.
Man was alive, and he needed something to eat sooner rather than later. Fruiting trees mature from seedlings to fruit bearing in about 6-10 years. That would be a long time to wait for breakfast! But God provided for Adam’s every need.
In the middle of this orchard like garden, God placed two supernatural trees. Now we know that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was both beautiful and bore fruit fit to eat [Genesis 3:6]. And we know that the tree of life also bore fruit [Genesis 3:22], but scripture is silent on whether or not this tree was as attractive as the other. [This may be important later!]
All this miracle growth and home personalization–and there’s still more coming–happened before the end of Day 6, because on Day 7 God rested from all His creative work [Genesis 2:3].
God still anticipates and provides for His most prized Creation today, though not as the hybrid fairy-godmother meets genie-of-the-lamp persona that most people would like Him to be. He knows what we need before we even ask [Matthew 6:8], but He delights in hearing from His Creation. He commands His angels concerning us [Psalm 91:11; Hebrews 1:14], but He commands us to remain in Him and His word and to petition Him [John 15:7] for our desires.
Aren’t you thankful that we have such a loving Creator? When was the last time that you thanked Him for providing for all your needs? Are you remaining in Him and His Word so that you can petition Him for the desires that go above and beyond your needs?