Month 3:03, Week 1:2 (Shanee/Matzah), Year:Day 5936:062 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Wednesday 23 May 2012
Are You Happy? III
Echoes of Eden
Continued from Part 2
The writer Gerard Manley Hopkins once wrote in his poem, Spring:
"For Yahweh will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of Yahweh; Simcha (Joy) and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody" (Isa.51:3, NKJV).
I do believe that deep within our ancestral memory we somewhere remember Eden and it gets triggered sometimes when we are out in nature. I have been outside mowing our large estate following the return of summer and the return of my lawnmowers which have been away being repaired. Englishmen are rather proud of their neatly clipped lawns and even though the Scandinavian wilderness doesn't quite permit me to maintain the standards I was brought up to follow I sometimes come close to it. I am wondering if there are neatly clipped lawns somewhere in Heaven in which case I may apply to be a gardner. We'll see.
"What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of earth's sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden"
Clearly Eden was originally designed by our Heavenly Father with a view to bringing us simcha (joy). Many who have visited heaven describe the astonishingly breathtaking natural scenery there, far superior to anything down here on earth, where they have both felt a sense of 'home' and wanted to remain. I think I can relate to that for though I have seen heaven and was once taken to this amazing lake whose colour depth is indescribable, and once was shown the creation underway, I was for the most part in the Holy City amongst people and buildings. So I can testify up to a point - the heavenly realm is the occasion for much simcha (joy).
So, yes, we can get glimpses into this lost world and into the one awaiting the faithful when we are communing with Yahweh in nature and get a taste of "all this juice and all this joy". A portion of human happiness was therefroe designed to be found in nature, even our own fallen version of it. Driving around on the lawmower enabled me to drift off and admire the scenery and find a degree of shalom, a flashback in time.
Most don't realise, though, that Eden is not merely an ancestral memory but still exists in every dimension, including within ourselves. If you'd like to know more about this garden, please see some of the exciting articles about our own experiences there in The Garden of Yahweh.
Continued in Part 4