God said , “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds. And it was so. The land produced vegetation; plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good” Genesis 1:11-12.
Do you believe what’s in the garden is good? God gives us so many good choices in the garden for health, healing, and pleasure! He created all the terrain, loaded it with abundance, and said, “It is good.” More often than not I wonder, if it was good enough for God, why isn’t it good enough for us?
Many of my cardiac patients state, ” Eating healthy is just not convenient” or “I have to cook”. Cooking for one or two is sometimes a lonesome and daunting task. This is the prime opportunity to encourage others to share their abundance with friends and neighbors. Eating what God provides in the garden provides vital nutrients and helps to prevent chronic disease.
“Illnesses hover all around us, their seed scattered by the wind, but they do not settle in the terrain unless the terrain is ready to receive them.”—Claude Bernard
The terrain of many Americans is ripe and ready for disease. We live in a culture where processed food is the only option for many children and adults. Marketing schemes convince us to grab what’s easy to prepare and serve it with the misguided seal of “low fat and healthy”. If we open our minds and grasp how easy and convenient eating fresh food is, the gift of resilience embedded by our creator becomes evident in our healing bodies.
The garden in Genesis produced vegetation of every imaginable color. Scientists are just recently determining what those bright reds, blues, oranges, and greens provide the body for maintenance of health and reducing chronic disease.
Man and woman walked with God in that garden for a time and had close fellowship with Him, their hearts were filled with the physical presence of God. The provision of every healing herb, succulent fruit, and fortifying vegetable was accessible to them.
We too, can experience the presence of God. Through prayer and His word. Also, the abundance in our local grocery store provides us the same varieties of produce Adam and Eve enjoyed.
Yet, like them, it’s not enough, is it? We want the things that satisfy cravings or seek to fill a need not quite met. Our inner urging that says, “What you have is good…..it’s just not enough.” Our weakness is seeking that which is off limits. Not off limits because we are being punished, just off limits because it brings death and disease. An all knowing God foresaw that death that would follow disobedience. So, He tried to warn the couple ahead of time.
Let me encourage you today, through his Word he warns us too! God gives us strength we do not experience on our own. It’s supernatural, through the power of the Holy Spirit. And His word is sure, if we trust Him. Eating healthy and changing our lifestyles can be done through Him who strengthens us. As Philippians 4:13 states, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
God bless you, my friend, and may you be uplifted in this challenging journey of seeking all the good God provides!