The the Jungle the Quiet Jungle
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Believe it or not, these groundbreaking mind-body discoveries have their roots in the Creation story. This part of the story, though, often gets passed over.
Genesis 2:19 (NKJV) describes what happened after God created the animals. "Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam". Try to imagine the scene. Although Adam was a fully developed man, he was also a newborn in a sense.
Gazing at all those powerful beasts could have greatly intimidated him. After all, they were some pretty fearsome-looking creatures. But notice what God did. "[He] brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field" (Genesis 2:19,20, NKJV).
Isn't this a wonderful touch in the story of Creation? Do you see what God was doing here? He was saying, "Don't be afraid. These are your pets. Give them each a name. They're your playmates." Adam had an entire zoo to play with, a boundless supply of furry friends.
From the very beginning the Creator sought to instill in Adam a positive outlook on the world around him. He didn't see dangers or enemies—he saw playmates.
A little earlier, the biblical narrative declared that "the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed" (Genesis2:8, NKJV). The Creator placed him in what He called a garden—a beautiful and magnificent one. That really says a lot. God helped Adam view the world as a garden where it was safe to play and safe to grow. He guided him to regard nature as a source of nurture.
In the Garden of Eden the first human being received a wonderful message—play with all your heart, live with all your life, and love with all your being.
It was a positive outlook, a perspective that expects good things. This is another key element in the Genesis story of Creation. And now twenty-first-century research affirms this same principle—that it's our outlook, the way we think about life, that shapes our world.
We have to own our viewpoint, take responsibility for it. Each of us can change our environment from a jungle into a garden—we can turn beasts into pets.