Everglades

May 19, 2012

You must be somewhat computer savvy or you would not be reading this little essay. You might want to take a moment to go to one of my family’s favorite websites: “IMDB.com”. If you have any questions about any movie or television show ever made, or about any actor or actress… just go to the “internet movie data base”, or IMDB. This website has solved many a mystery and friendly argument between Ellen and I and our kids.

If you are anywhere close to my age (57) you might remember a particular television show from the early 60’s. It was only on for two seasons, but was a favorite back then for all of the boys close to my age. It recounted the adventures of park ranger Lincoln Vail in the Florida Everglades. As a matter of fact, it was called “Everglades.” Anyone remember it? It ran from 1961-62… seriously, go to IMDB if you doubt. If you do remember, do you have any recollection as to why it appealed to young boys? BECAUSE OF THE REALLY COOL AIR BOAT THAT THE RANGER DROVE!  Man, I wanted one of those. Sitting on a high seat with a giant fan behind him… steering the boat somehow with one large control stick. He could go through swamp, clear water, sludge, high grass whatever… it was the best!

Ok, so what does this have to do with anything? Well, Ellen and I are on vacation in Florida for a week. We are here at the gracious invitation of her brother Daniel and his wife Kelly. Her sister Nancy and husband Chuck are here as well. Tomorrow we are going on a 3 hour guided hike into the everglades. Yeah, I know, ¯“a 3 hour tour… a 3 hour tour.” ¯ Anyway, we are told that the only thing we have to concern ourselves with are panthers, alligators and mosquitoes (Well ok, maybe thirst as well), but come on, mosquitoes? It’s the Everglades, I mean how many mosquitoes could there be under this blazing sun?

I thought it might be fun to send this “ruminations” out as a two parter… one B.E. (Before Everglades) and one A.E… sure you can figure that one out; maybe under the guise of “God’s creation from a different perspective.” Some have speculated that before the Fall of Adam and Eve, i.e., when the world was perfect and they dwelt in the Garden of Eden and hung out with God and all was as He intended… then of course disaster struck and sin altered Gods perfect creation… well, were there mosquitoes back then? And if so, did they dip their snouts into human flesh and suck blood? Hmmmmmm??? The reason I ask is that I’m assuming when Isaiah talks about the lion and the lamb abiding with one another, he is referring to a time not unlike the perfect Garden of Eden. So if lions didn’t dine on lambs… well did mosquitoes…. Get it???

Isaiah 11:6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.

Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the LORD.

Well, let me sign off for now. I’ll get back to you tomorrow on this Everglades thing. We’ll see, we’ll see.

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