Early last winter, Pam Spock (http://pamspock.com/) wrote about a patch of horseradish growing on the property of her and husband Vinny’s new homestead in the Finger Lakes area of NY. Her story reminded me of the summer I planted it and then spent the next 2 or 3 trying to kill it before it took over everything! If Pam was freaked out by my story of herbicidal Armageddon in the back yard, she never let on. Though she did conclude our private email exchange with the suggestion I watch the film “Back to Eden” featuring Paul Gautschi (http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/).
I’d heard organic gardening principles mentioned a time or two since moving to Sequim in October 2014; someone may even have mentioned Paul by name. But it didn’t make an impression on me at the time because we were just too busy making our home and taking care of my elderly father. And frankly, I was too entrenched in the toilsome chemical gardening methods I’d learned while living in the rural Midwest to be open to any suggestions concerning organic gardening.
Still when Pam mentioned the film and that it could be watched online for free I felt led to look for it.
Watch it here: https://vimeo.com/28055108
Karen and I sat down one December evening to watch it over a bowl of popcorn. During the opening flyover scene I hit pause and pointed at the screen: “Is that Protection Island?” I asked. Moments later, I pressed pause again; “Blue Mountain Tree Service? Lazy J Tree Farm? North Olympic Peninsula?”
“Holy cow! The film was shot here!”
I had to fire off a quick email to Pam before continuing: “Did you know that I live in Sequim, just 8 miles from Paul?” She did not know and we were both stunned!
Karen and I finished the movie and by the time the credits rolled, we were certain God wanted us to plant a Back to Eden garden on our property. I sent another email to thank Pam for recommending it and to express my amazement that I hadn’t heard about the film from locals but from a friend who lives 3000 miles away in NY. “Why is that” I wondered?
“A prophet has no honor in his own hometown” (John 4:44) Pam replied.
Indeed. Although I’m certain Paul would resist the label if only because Christians often have goofy ideas about what a prophet is supposed to be. Simply put, a prophet is a son of God (Romans 8:14) who under the influence of the Holy Spirit declares the Truth of God (John 18:37), where the Truth is a person (John 14:16), Yeshua, and the spirit of prophecy is His testimony (Revelation 19:10). If you have ever heard Paul Gautschi’s impassioned testimony of the Creator and His Truth, Paul is all of these.
There is a sense in which what I learned from Paul through the film was the missing link in all that Yeshua has taught me since He baptized me with the Holy Spirit nearly 20 years ago. Specifically, Yeshua used Paul to show me the practical application of what Yeshua has taught me spiritually. You see, as a practitioner and passionate defender of “The Way” as originally taught by Yeshua, I’ve been mostly oblivious to the inorganic lifestyle I lead in the natural. What’s funny is, as often as I meet church goers who live organically, I ask them if they have any idea just how inorganic man’s traditional church is? They could just as well have asked me if I was aware just how inorganic my living in this world has been! Positively toilsome!
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26 ASV)
The missing piece for me is dominion. Until now, I have been of the mindset that dominion is something the Creator must give to me before I can exercise my authority over creation. And yet, the Creator already gave dominion over creation to the sons of God. So did He take it back after the fall? Or did we surrender it to the deceiver when we fell? If the former, do we wait for God to give it back? If the latter, can we take it back from the deceiver? These are questions I must take to the Creator for answers.
For all creation, gazing eagerly as if with outstretched neck, is waiting and longing to see the manifestation of the sons of God. For the Creation fell into subjection to failure and unreality (not of its own choice, but by the will of Him who so subjected it). Yet there was always the hope that at last the Creation itself would also be set free from the thraldom of decay so as to enjoy the liberty that will attend the glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:19-21 WNT)
I suspect it is for the cause of dominion that the Spirit has frustrated and delayed my garden plans these last 2 years until I could see the film and receive the truth it conveys.
Upon watching Back to Eden, I felt a release in the Spirit and after watching several more instructional videos featuring Paul on Youtube, I’ve drawn up and refined plans for a Back to Eden garden here. Trees have been ordered, seeds purchased, and just yesterday my neighbor trucked in 28 cubic yards each of compost and mulch to establish the vegetable garden area of our Eden.
While watching the truck back up with the first load of compost, I felt rain upon my face and looked up. Just like this time a year ago, when Karen and I experienced rain 3 times in 2 days with no clouds overhead, the skies overhead were again blue. This time there was also a brilliant rainbow over the spit on Sequim Bay. We couldn’t help but respond with joy in what so clearly is the Father expressing His pleasure over our obedience to follow His leading, on this the day we began putting in a Back to Eden garden.
And just this morning, while editing this post and adding the paragraph above concerning dominion, an even more brilliant rainbow with a faint double rainbow appeared, the end of which is in the valley below, a quarter mile away. Our God is so good! I praise Him!
I’m quite certain the subject of dominion will be front-most in my thoughts, especially while using a shovel and wheelbarrow to move 56 cubic yards of material into the garden area, as much as 200 feet from the pile. With every load, I’m certain to remember the words of Yeshua: “whosoever shall say unto this mountain (of mulch!), remove thyself and cast thyself into the sea (or upon the garden!)” (Mark 11:23 JUB). Certainly that would be preferable to what will likely be about 200 loads with the wheelbarrow! Remember Father, I have delicate guitar player’s hands. (Smile!)
AUTHOR’S NOTE: This blog was established to explore the benefits of freedom we have as sons of God. To that end, I have mostly explored what we have been freed from; specifically, religion, tradition, the deceptive teachings of men, etc. What I have not written about as much as I would like, is where freedom leads. Freedom is not found in what we have left behind; in fact it was for lack of freedom that we left religion in the first place. And so during this season, I expect to be writing more about day-to-day living and learning with the Savior, and boasting about His abundant goodness. It is my hope to turn as much of this property He has entrusted to me back to a kind of heaven on earth, an Eden, if you will. Expect to see lots of garden photos together with what He serves up for spiritual nourishment.