The ipê-amarelo is in bloom, like this tree that I shot from the avenue down from our house this morning. Specimens of the same tree dot the city, including the traffic circle just across the Paraiba River. Though those are not so full as the one in the photo, they seem to sprinkle the traffic circle with joy. The azaleas at the edge of the traffic circle just this side of the river are bright, as well, their branches reaching out as if to bless the cars that round the curve.
Our front yard is full of flowers, the exoria is doing well, and the orchid under the carport is sprouting a stalk in preparation for a production of color.
The back yard has plants with some blooms as well, as this one below. Just don’t ask me the name of it. (Where’s Mike Carter?) The aloe vera blooms have just about played out, though.
From reading Genesis 1-2 so far in this beginning of our 90-day Bible reading plan, the narrative, along with the photos, reminds us of several truths.
Man was placed on earth as a caretaker. He finds pleasure in cultivation. Just ask any gardener or house-plant lover.
Each species reproduces after its own kind. Flowers are God’s pathway to seeds, and didn’t he choose beautiful shapes, colors, and processes through which he causes life to reproduce? Beauty and pleasure, such as Adam found in Eve. Yup, even sex is good.
I like NLT’s rendering of a mate that was “just right” for Adam. It gets to the idea.
The Garden of Eden is the source of watering the earth. The four rivers branch out from Eden. Usually we see the branches and tributaries feeding into the larger streams. In the beginning it was not so, apparently.
Last, the power of God’s word. In creation it is spoken. In Scripture it is written. But let us not forget that it is the same word of God, with the same power to create from nothing a living soul. The Bible as his word is not only a guide, but the tool of the life-giving Spirit to breathe into our dead souls a new life, eternal life, life of and with God.