Jim LePage Art & Design


Art and design by Jim LePage

Word Leftovers: Genesis 2


More leftovers this week! If I use exclamation points, I think that they might actually get you excited for leftovers! I really hope it's working! Genesis has so many great stories that I could probably spend 66 weeks just on that book. My original Genesis design dealt with Adam and Eve's first fashion show and the second designcovered Joseph's sweet Zoot suit (what's with all the clothing passages in Genesis, huh?). This time around we're looking at the world's first garden.

Let's make a few wild speculations about the Bible, Shall we?

Aside from some animals, Adam and Eve were the sole (non-God) occupants of the Garden of Eden. The Bible talks about fruit also being there, but I have to imagine there was other cool stuff that just didn't make it into the text. If you know anything about me, you'll know that I loveto make wild speculations about the Bible... so let's get started:

  • Popcorn Trees: You just walk around, plucking popcorn off these trees. They start out as kernels and bloom into popcorn. There would be different trees for different flavors (cheese, butter, etc.). But absolutely no kettle corn trees. Kettle corn sucks and, along with mosquitos, was part of God's punishment to humanity for sin.
  • Sour Jelly Belly Waterfall: Do I really need to explain this?
  • Cats that Hug: I love cats. When I was younger, I used to wish I was a cat. They're cute, they don't have to deal with teenage acne, they chill out all day... what a great life, right? The thing is, cats don't really hug that well. Me with my 2 arms and 2 legs, them with their no arms and 4 legs... it just makes a good hug difficult. I'm not sure how it worked there (some things only God knows), but in the Garden of Eden you could get a full on cat hug.

I'm sure there was a lot of other cool stuff in the Garden of Eden that never was recorded in the Bible. In fact, if you have ideas of what they might have been, feel free to drop  your own wild speculations in the comments.

Prepare yourself, I'm about to get serious all up in here

I'm not sure about you, but I can identify so strongly with this design. There are so many good choices I could make, but like a heat-seeking missile, I manage to find the poor choice. I wonder how that happens? Why would I knowingly look past all the good things (but sometimes even pretending I'm actually interested in them along the way) and instead search out the bad? Unless.... Maybe I'm confused about what is "good" for me and about what is "bad" for me. Maybe I'm messed up and need to relearn what really is good and what really is bad. Maybe having a cheese popcorn tree in my backyard wouldn't actually be a good thing. Maybe a sour Jelly Belly waterfall is more about my selfish desire than God's desire. Maybe cats that hug... who am I kidding, cats that hug would be awesome.