It is interesting to note that in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, the life expectancy of mankind far exceeded the life expectancy of today’s men and woman. There is a significant difference after the flood.
After the fall of Adam and Eve death for all mankind was introduced as a result of eating of the tree of knowledge. Adam lived to be nine hundred and thirty years old. His descendant Methuselah lived to be nine hundred and sixty-nine years old. Methuselah was the longest living patriarch of the Bible, and he existed before the flood. (Genesis 5:25).
Noah, who was born before the flood, lived to be nine hundred and fifty years old. (Genesis 9:29). After the flood mankind did not live as long as his forebears. There is a drastic change with the passing of Noah. Abraham lived to be one hundred and seventy-five years (Gen. 25:7), and Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten. (Gen. 50:26).
Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. (Deuteronomy 34:7). Now there are a few differences, but it can be concluded that those born after the flood had a shorter life expectancy. Today very few people live to be one hundred.
The drastic decrease in longevity could be explained by looking at those born after the flood. The further in history one travels from the fall of man in the Garden of Eden to modern times, it becomes clear that the protective life forces that God created in the Garden of Eden gradually diminish. It ended with Noah who was born before the flood.
The wind is blowing hard outside, but it is still a beautiful, sunny, warm day. Occasionally there is a gust of wind which is very forceful and then dies down quietly, but you can’t really tell when you will hear the next gust of wind. Now the winds today are not storms, but they are natures way of helping to propagate plants which give sustenance for animals and mankind.
One can compare the winds of nature, a force for change, with the forces in life which have positive or negative results. Nature can be uncontrollable, and situations in life can get out of control. One can do everything right, but like a severe storm disaster strikes; however, storms can subside because of prayer and good deeds or actions shown to others. Seeds can be planted with good advice, kindness, and helpfulness, because with every act of kindness a blessing follows. Goods deeds are like beautiful plants.
People need to act kind to one another, because sowing acts of kindness lead to great rewards. You have heard the reference found in the Bible about a good seed bringing forth good fruit.
The wind is subsiding now, but I am reminded that I have to buy seeds for my garden. It is a new year and I have to decide on what I will plant. Today my husband and I received a gift of some beautiful orange-colored sweet corn seeds, cucumber seeds, and squash seeds We already have second year perennials growing in the garden and they include sage, mint, lemon balm, fennel, and oregano.
I am grateful for the gift of the lovely seeds, the wind, and the beauty of nature, and this inspires me to work on showing more kindness. Plant a good seed today or start a garden because it is a gift you are giving yourself and others, and the wind will blow a harvest your way.
Thank God for this beautiful day. I was inspired by the silence of a Sunday morning. I felt the peace and goodness all around me which is not always true about other days of the week, but there is something about a Sunday. The words of a poem kept coming to me, but I kept it inside because I wanted to pray. I felt that God was communicating to me.
I picked a prayer and it was about obedience and that God blesses the obedient. I have become more synchronized
or tuned-in to God’s voice which is more of an inner feeling. This feeling is full of love. God was speaking to me in this silence, because he wanted me to tell someone, my son, who needed this prayer. I read the prayer to him. He is twenty-two years of age.
Just stop and listen to that silence and you may hear God’s voice.
One of my husband’s friends and helper received an old Mosler Safe to junk. I was informed that there is no way to open this safe. The internet provides information which states that most safes of this type can’t be open even when dynamite is used. This is probably why the safe was given away and there may be nothing in the safe. The company who made the safe, Mosler, went out of business in 2001. I can try to find a locksmith, but it is not worth the time or cost. The safe is rusted out, and the men are in the back of the house. They have already removed the front part of the safe. I hope they find something worth finding, but if they don’t, they already have their treasures.
Today, Friday, April 13, 2012, begins my first post on my first blog, and it took me a long time in deciding if I wanted to start a blog. I hope to make this a good journey. It should be an interesting journey because life is interesting and nature is inspiring. Both people and nature are the vehicles for inspiration in writing and art. They are the mother of ideas to the creative mind. It is important for me to use time wisely; although, sometimes I like to sit back and play a game on Facebook it doesn’t mean I’m lazy. I look forward to being inspired by everything around me, and I hope you enjoy visiting my blog. Have a great day and visit again.