Genesis 2:8… And the Lord planted a garden in Eden, in the East, and there he put the man whom he had formed.

            In the very beginning of man’s existence, God showed His love for man. He made a garden for him to live in. The next verse gives us a continuance of His love.

Verse 9… And out of the ground the Lord made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

            God filled the garden with beautiful trees and plenty of food. The setting was, by all measurements, perfect. That was God’s original plan for man. But, even in that idyllic setting, God gave man responsibilities.

Verse 15… The lord God took the man and put him in the garden to work it and keep it, and the lord commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat it you will surely die.”

            We are not to retire in the garden, we are to work. I am past the acceptable age of retirement. Most of my friends are too. But, I must admit, retirement does not seem good or healthy to me.  I suspect it has something to do with the Spirit of God living in me. He is eternal and inputs into my life, continually. Continual input from a living, eternal, being would not encourage looking for a place to sit down and die.  My observation of retirement is that it slows progress and encourages ‘doing nothing’. Some people I know have done well at retirement because they have not equated it with nothingness. Others have engaged in non-work activity. Travel is one of those activities. If a person retires with money, he can see the world, supposedly. I am one of those in-between guys; I did not retire with enough money to see the world, but I hit the age without needing to earn the same amount of money that I always have in order to stay alive. God put us in a garden and asks us to tend it. The garden is a spiritual oasis in the midst of a tumultuous world. Work it. The people around you need it.