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Twisted

May 19, 2015

The sneaky snake

Made up its mind

To twist its tail around the branch

And twist the good words of God

And see just what would happen

The sneaky snake

Made up its mind

And twisted it’s tail

And spoke to the garden girl

“Did God say ‘no fruit’?”

“No, we can eat any fruit”

Bananas,

Pears,

Apples,

Grapes,

Cantaloupes,

Strawberries,

Even take a twist of lemon if we like….

Just not fruit from that ‘middle of the garden’ tree.

Which was exactly what God has said…

Hmmmmm 

Sssssssssss

Really?

And the sneaky snake twisted his tail around the branch and the branch looked like his tail and his tail looked like the branch…

And the garden girl thinks about God’s good words and the snake’s sneaky speaking…but she finds that God’s good words and the snake’s sneaky speaking have gotten all twisted in her mind, and now she can’t quite remember what God’s good words were and what the snake’s sneaky speaking was, so twisted they were becoming.

The sneaky snake made its sound so sensible.

“God’s fruits are good – so go on:

Take a chance, take a chomp, take a chew…

And see if what you are thinking is true

See whether this fruit will make you clever

Perhaps it will make you live forever”

 

She looks at the bananas, so delicious

She looks at the pears, so juicy

She looks at the apples, crisp and crunchy

She looks at the plump purple grapes and the ripe round cantaloupe

She looks at the sweet, succulent strawberries

Every fruit that she had ever tasted in God’s good garden tasted so good.

And then she looked at the tree-in-the-middle fruit.

What would happen if she ate that fruit?

All of the other fruit was good….

The sneaky snake went out on a limb

“God’s fruits are good – go on:

Take a chance, take a chomp, take chew…

And see if what you are thinking is true

And whether this fruit will make you clever

Perhaps it will make you live forever”

The garden girl made up her mind

to forget the good words of God

and to trust the twisted tale of the sneaky snake.

And the garden girl reached out and grasped the tree in the middle fruit

and gave it a gentle twist, and pulled it off the tree.

She ate a bit and shared a bit with her garden friend, the boy.

He ate a bit and stared a bit at the garden girl.

And he felt a twist in his tummy, an embarrassed twist.

And she felt the same twist in her tummy too.

And they turned and ran away to hide. And they twisted vines and leaves together to try to cover themselves. They felt odd, and they felt old.

God came walking in the garden, as God often did. God was never far away, always close to the beautiful place he had made and the people he loved.

“Where are you?” God called

And the knot in the man’s tummy twisted tighter and tighter.

And when he tried to answer, his words twisted and turned, with shame and blame, back on the girl and she twisted and turned her story back on the sneaky snake who had turned on his tail and slithered away.

But God’s words of love

Came straight and true,

My children see – this will not do

This fruit has made you sickly clever,

And you will not want to live forever

For the man, Adam and the woman, Eve, things had changed. Good things, like gardening and being families turned to hard work.

The man never lost that twisted tummy and neither did the woman. Something was always a bit wrong between them, even when they tried to be best friends.

But one thing did not change.

One thing cannot be twisted out of shape.

God’s love.

God’s no exceptions, no conditions, no twists or catches love.

God stayed close to them, cared for them, gave them what they needed, protected them, and he stays close to us now.

 

God kept calling them, and their children, and their children – and all of us – “give up the twisted tale of the sneaky snake. Take the next turn back to me.”

One comment

  1. The world says, ‘You can have it all – no problems – don’t die wondering!’ when to be human, truly human, truly made-in-the-image-of-God human, is to say ‘You can’t have it all; true humanity is about saying yes to some things and no to the other things (that will kill the good)’. That true humanity then turns to the good Godfruit, turns to all the manifold goodness of a life lived as a child of a good and perfect gift-giving Lover and Father, and is still, at peace and content – connected with all of the good Creation.

    thanks for your post



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