“God expelled them from the Garden of Eden and sent them to work the ground, the same dirt out of which they’d been made.” Genesis 3:23 (The Message Bible)
“You’re just dirt!” is an angry statement I’ve heard before. Yet, dirt is good—Adam was made out of dirt, and we can consider ourselves to have a dirt background too.
I’m visiting New Jersey, and I remember the first time I few here at how amazed I was that it was so beautiful. My image of New Jersey had been one of concrete and more concrete. Instead dense forests that looked like the green shag carpet of the 1970s and the farms with black dirt, which resembled patchwork quilt.
While in this part of the U.S., I enjoy the contrast from the desert brown hues where I live and the lush green grass, tall oaks, maples, and evergreen trees, plus perennial flowers, fruits, and vegetables of the Garden State. But the moment my feet hit the dirt of Arizona, I feel at home again.
Dear Lord, thank you for giving us beautiful surroundings—all formed out of the same dirt you created. Amen.