And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden (Genesis 2.8a)

Job (said to) the Lord: “I know that You can do all things,
and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted…” (Job 42.1-2)

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3.13; quoting Deuteronomy 21.23b)

germinating seed

in that Garden did You plant the seed
that, dying, gave birth to the tree
that we,
thinking ‘twas our own doing,
raised in our doubly-crossed defiance of Your Will,
striving to kill Your Word
(not knowing that neither Your Will nor Word
of our eternal deliverance
could be thwarted)?

4 thoughts on “When?

  1. Powerful words Paul…thanks for sharing…..more people need to trust God and those who have strayed need to return and trust Him.


  2. Sometimes we need to be reminded that we are not in control!! God has planted lots of seeds….we have to just wait long enough to see the seed grow. I don’t always wait well. Patience is a virtue definitely applies to God too!

    Thank you Paul! Much love!


  3. Amen, Loretta, we do need reminders of this essential, inescapable reality – we are not in control.

    This poem arose from a sudden awareness or, rather, a sudden hint of an awareness (for, initially, I wasn’t sure what sparked the idea and from whence it had come) that God – if sovereign – either wills or allows anything that happens. And, if so, then the crucifixion of Jesus, as willed and allowed by God, was ordained from the beginning of time (hence, the Garden-reference of the planting of the seed, which produced the tree, which, in the corpus of the Hebrew scriptures, is synonymous with the cross).

    I continued to ponder this idea/thought, for it stands in my mind as truest mystery – that which is beyond my fullest/deepest knowing.



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