No water, no life! Desert dwellers are acutely aware of that. The North American Sonoran Desert is fascinating in that many plants not only survive, but thrive in its harsh conditions. Many have evolved to have specialized adaptations to the desert climate. Like camels, succulents and cacti have their way of storing water to survive nature’s dry spells. During winters in the Sahara Desert, camels have been known to survive six or seven months without actually drinking. Desert creatures have learnt to rationalize water intake that way. However, suppose our blue planet ran out of water entirely one day, it would quickly turn into a dead planet.
Comparatively speaking, what water means to this planet is what the Spirit of God means to our souls. Job wrote in his book (Job 33:4):
“The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”
Interestingly, the famous set of vowels YHWH (יהוה), indicating the name of God in the Hebrew Bible, are composed of vowels that come to life through our breath. Try to pronounce H without breath and you know what I mean. It behooves the Creator of the breathing to have a name composed by breath. Taking our last breath means impending death as we are all painfully aware. Wouldn’t it make sense that breath-killing death is only overcome by the originator of life, the life-giving breath of God Almighty Himself? He was the One who originally breathed life into the first man, way back then, in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:7):
“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
God who gave us life in the first place is the only One able to rescue us from death. His very name, Breath of Life, identifies Him as our Savior. God breathing His breath of life over us wakes us up, and we will find ourselves back in the Garden.
What happened back in the Garden? Among other things, it was our daily habit to walk the Garden of Eden with the Almighty. Just picture yourself for a minute in deep conversations with the One who has created you. What’s more, can you imagine the kinds of discussions evolving after having been away for so long?
Before we were kicked out of Eden our horizon was confined to Eden. There was no pain in Eden. There was no toil, no sweat, no tears. Imagine the difference now, returning to the Garden after all that we’ve been through. Think of the conversations we as parents could have talking with the ultimate Father of all Creation. Those who built a business from scratch, those who invented or created something new, those whose heart got broken many times in the process of living, we all have a lot to talk about with our Creator once we get back to the Garden – we can relate differently now to the One who gave us breath, don’t we?
The Trinity went through extraordinary lengths in sending Jesus, a member of the Trinity, to planet Earth, in order to restore us. Salvation puts us right back to the Garden, back to speaking terms with God. That’s how we started out – and that’s where we all belong.
“We are stardust
We are golden
And we’ve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden.” Joni Mitchell