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Topic: First World Problem (04/17/14)
- TITLE: The Only Problem
By Linda Gage
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While whistling a carefree tune Adam gathered the morning meal. Though the mist was the thickest at this time of day he saw the brazen baboon and his gorilla friend sneaking up for an early snack. He tossed some pomegranates their way and they lumbered off with their prize. As he picked the fresh coconuts, asparagus, cucumber and squash he thanked God for providing everything for their existence.
God said, “Your welcome.”
Eve greeted him with a long and lingering hug. Their entangled bodies fell to the ground right there in the middle of the strawberry patch. Soon, a lion’s thundering roar told them it was time to eat. They giggled as they wiped the red berry juice off of their bodies.
Though most of the animals helped themselves to the abundance in the garden some joined Adam and Eve. The Lion sat right next to Adam waiting for his share. Eve’s favorite animal was definitely the peacock who shrieked and strutted after every bite of fruit tossed her way. Three monkeys swooped down and playfully grabbed some morsels. Then a lone sheep wandered near. Adam offered some water, but he shied away.
In the afternoon warmth of the sun Adam and Eve would trek to the other side of Eden where the hot springs bubbled. Over and over they would jump from the cliff and frolic in the water until exhausted. Naptime was too short because a cheetah and gazelle were soon staring at Adam. The gazelle scratched his hoof on the ground. Adam knew exactly what it meant.
He opened on eye, sprang up and shouted, “Ready, Set, Go!”
Adam dashed ahead, but they quickly caught up. The three ran for hours through plush forest, over the grassy hills, up mountain terrain, ending at the river’s edge to quench their thirst.
Eve didn’t mind being left behind. She mounted her favorite mustang horse and while surveying the land and animals she did what she always did this time of day. She thanked God aloud for each and every plant and animal that she encountered.
“Thank you God, for those pink tulips and the pine trees. Thank you for that lemur. Thank you for the blue sky.”
The horse whinnied.
“Of course, thank you God for the green grass!”
A small breeze made the mustang pause. Eve jumped off and bowed down. She was face to face with her Creator and thanked Him again and again. As she conversed with her Master she became inquisitive.
“Lord I’ve done this every day. Will I ever run out of things to be thankful for?”
The Lord smiled. The air became still.
The sun’s position said it was time to meet up with Adam. The mustang galloped.
Adam was already picking tomatoes for their next meal. With enthusiasm she began to tell him about her wonderful walk. He stopped her with a long kiss and then smashed a soft tomato into her hair. The tomatoes began to fly and splatter as they playfully attacked each other. Covered in red tomato juice they laughed and blamed each other for the mess.
After gathering whole tomatoes, kale, and assorted fruits they sat on a warm solid rock and shared with raccoons, pelicans some rats and an elephant.
Every day in the garden was always the same and always very satisfying. Until one day when Eve trekked with the mustang on the path directly to the center of the garden.
She dismounted and found herself staring straight at the forbidden fruit. It had no appeal, as she thoughtfully anticipating the breeze. Instead she felt something cold and clammy around her ankle. A hissing sound caused no fear but curiosity. This creature began to interrogate her.
As she pondered the serpent’s summation, her eyes turned back toward the tree which now appeared beautiful.
“Why can’t I have this delicious fruit for myself? Surely I will not die!” She was convinced.
Suddenly the garden was not enough and she took the fruit and ate it. Little did she know that this first world problem became everyone’s first world problem; dissatisfaction with what the Lord has given us.
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