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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Garden (09/07/06)

TITLE: The Gospel according to D. Lion
By Jim Alexander
09/13/06


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You want to talk about gardens?

Let me tell you about some of the gardens I've been in.

Ever heard of the Garden of Eden? The Garden of Gethsemene? What about Abel's garden?

Well, I was on the ground before you humans were even made and if you havenít guessed by now, I'm a weed.

Dan D. Lion is my name.

I wasn't always a weed, you know. You should have seen me before the walk in the garden. The one that God took looking for Adam and Eve who were hiding from God because of their well-deserved guilt. They could have admitted guilt to God right then, but didn't. They just blamed it on each other, and, get this, Adam blamed it all on God for making Eve! And if their kids just admit sin-guiltiness to God, they get eternal life out of the deal because God's son, Jesus, who had nothing to do with their mistake, took all the punishment for Adam and Eve's big time garden mess-up.

Go figure.

Back then, in Adam's garden, I had a magnificent flower. My leaves were lush and strong. I was... Sorry. I can't continue with this sordid account of the way we were. It's making me wilt.

Humans.

Can they mess gardens up, or what? With them around you don't even need weeds in your garden to really trash it up. But, hey, they find one of us growing in their garden and, pop, we're out of there. It's ludicrous.

Do I sound bitter?

You've never tasted a dandelion if you think I'm not.

What kind of damage did we ever do to Godís creation? Have we ever conspired with the devil to bring about the fall of man?

I don't think so.

We could smell that beast of the field a mile away, and, if that isnít enough, his words are a dead give away. They bare no resemblance whatever to God's words.

What is it about you humans that always gets you sucked in by the devil's voice thinking its God talking to you?

In this humble weedís opinion, God should have stopped it all on the third day. He would have saved himself a whole lot of grief.

We were first, you know. In the beginning. On the third day, we were created. But God just had to make man too.

We knew what would happen. So did He. He told us, because, if you want read about how God can see the future, Isaiah said in chapter 46, "Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My council shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:"

His ďmistakeĒ, if I dare to use that word, was that He just loved man too much to turn from creating Adam. He told us he knew what it would cost Him, but figured out a way to get man back from that beast.

Little did we know then that Godís plan was God himself taking on all of Adam and Eve's punishment, and all the punishment for all their kids crimes that were yet to happen!

I was there at ground zero - the foot of the cross. I felt it when that punishment slammed him literally into the ground.

Yet man can just ignore what was done for him and walk right into that beastís hot house.

Donít get me wrong, I like hot houses as much as any weed. But that oneís a little too hot!

So, what can a weed do to stop that beast? As much as Iím beyond bitterness about this whole garden thing, I still want God to have what He wants, because I love Him. But, I canít do a thing. Itís all up to you humans. I mean, about diverting your fellow man from that path to doom heís on. Weeds just canít help there at all. Only you can tell them about getting to live forever, in a wonderful place, and that thereís nothing they can do to earn it. Even believing in Jesus is a gift from God and they canít take credit for doing that.

Read it for yourself if you donít believe me. Iím just a dumb weed but even I know that wonderful good news in the bible.

Enough of this chit-chat. Iíve got to get working on sowing my next crop.

How about you?


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Sara Harricharan 09/15/06
Creative take on "Garden". You had me chuckling all the way through. What a very important truth. Awesome writing!
Marty Wellington 09/18/06
Well, I must say this is one of my favorites so far in Beginners. Your intriquing title hooked me first and your story did not disappoint. I'll never look at a Dan D. Lion the same way again--wow, they're positively wise. Great job!
Donna Emery09/18/06
Adorable and enjoyable! You took a familiar lesson and gave it an unique voice. Excellent!
Val Clark09/20/06
Interesting POV and amusing voice with the good news neatly intertwined.