It’s common nowadays for persons in academia who find ancient markings etched upon the walls of pyramids and ziggurats to use them as ‘proof’ that what we think is true today is, in fact, false. Take for instance a few years back back when an ancient Mayan calendar was discovered and translated. It was seen as a warning to future generations that the world would come to an end by the year 2012. While that turned out to be true there are olde-time writings and illustrations in which, when studied and poked over, their findings turned out to be completely ridiculous. For example, this drawing of ducks being born of of a tree cannot be substantiated by any means of science. We all know that while some birds do live in trees that doesn’t mean trees made them. Kooks in the field of botany, however, will defend themselves by stating,
“Well, duh, it’s obviously an egg plant tree. If you can’t see that we can’t help you.”
Well, I guess they got us there.
Sir William of Chicago, an open-minded fellow if ever there was one, looks to be in pensive thought regarding his existence in the universe or, more likely, considering the above photo and its explanation. He might be thinking,
“Do we really need science to believe in something? Can simply wishing something make it so? What do I really know about egg plants?”
Until we interrogate him those questions will remain unanswered.
Let’s flip forward a couple hundred thousand years and take a look at the area where Billy was previously considering his place in this world. By his absence we can safely assume he’s gone on to a better place in the universe – possibly Altoona, Illinois or Breakers Sound, Mary-Land*. If you are familiar with Newton’s Second Law of Thermodynamics (and I’m not), it states that there is a natural tendency of any isolated system to degenerate into a more disordered state. It’s why you find barns falling apart on the sides of highways. They were left to the elements of wind and rain, fell apart and eventually became homes to ghosts and guys with hatchets. Trust me, that always happens in the horror movies I watch. Or in my case, my appearance. I haven’t had a haircut in years and this forced isolation has led me to be inactive for the most part. My wife says I’m resembling one of those barns.
Whatsabout this ‘thing’ in the picture? That ‘thing’ is what nature does. The seas have risen and the weather has ‘sculpted’ the tree Billy was standing under into an eerie likeness of E.T. of Spielberg fame. You can’t make this stuff up.
Deuteronomy 32:35 (KJV) states
Vengeance is Mine, and recompense;
Their foot shall slip in due time;
For the day of their calamity is at hand,
And the things to come hasten upon them.’
While I try not to argue with God too much I wonder if there are times He just wants to chuck the whole thing and dole out responsibilities to different parts of Creation. If He did, I’ve no doubt he leave the ‘vengeance’ part to trees. Trees have been picked on since Eve yanked that fruit from one. Before she and her husband broke the law they were living a life free of all issues. They could sleep on the ground, water came from underground springs, no plants had thorns and the weather was dandy enough to live and survive naked. After sin, though, trees have been used for fire, spears, houses, backscratchers, homes for birds, bees and wasps and a lot of other stuff they never asked for. If you’ve seen any pictures of cars having run into trees, wooden light poles or even barns it is always the tree-based product which wins. Look at that picture of the people slamming into that wooden post. I don’t know why anybody would ride on a wood platform between mountain tops but I am certain the pole didn’t care why. I’ve no doubt that post was pretty smug about the whole thing,
”Mess with me, huh? Yeah, ‘ats what you get.”
At any rate, if God is willing for trees to do these kinds of things to people, imagine what they would do to us if they were in charge of vengeance? Watch out for your cedar cabinets, two-by-fours and smokin’ pipes.
I don’t know if Martin Luther ever wrote anything about trees but I feel like he’d agree with me on this one. Just in case the KJV of scripture doesn’t make sense to you I will post the same Scripture of The Message version.
Deuteronomy 32:35 (The Message)
Don’t you realize that I have my shelves
well stocked, locked behind iron doors?
I’m in charge of vengeance and payback,
just waiting for them to slip up;
And the day of their doom is just around the corner,
sudden and swift and sure.
OK, that’s enough. I had a purge in mind regarding a book which talks about praying for plants. Maybe on Monday. Maybe not. Maybe never.
1-5 Then the Angel showed me Water-of-Life River, crystal bright. It flowed from the Throne of God and the Lamb, right down the middle of the street. The Tree of Life was planted on each side of the River, producing twelve kinds of fruit, a ripe fruit each month. The leaves of the Tree are for healing the nations. Never again will anything be cursed. The Throne of God and of the Lamb is at the center. His servants will offer God service—worshiping, they’ll look on his face, their foreheads mirroring God. Never again will there be any night. No one will need lamplight or sunlight. The shining of God, the Master, is all the light anyone needs. And they will rule with him age after age after age.
* Mary-Land abstains