By Graham Glover –
I’m pretty sure it’s geographically impossible, but I think I’ve found the Garden of Eden.
Yes, that Eden. The place where it all began. Perfection on earth. (At least until our first parents decided to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.)
I didn’t discover this place. Apparently over 65,000 people live there, with almost a million more visiting every year.
Honestly, I’m a little surprised nobody has made the connection before.
It just has to be true
This place has got to be Eden.
I can’t imagine any other place on earth coming close to resembling the genesis of creation.
The Hawaiian island of Kauai just might be the most fantastic place I’ve ever seen. It’s no wonder they call it the Garden Isle.
The wonder of the island though is not limited to its pristine beaches. Its perfection is not only experienced when you reach the top of the Waimea Canyon. The lushness of its countryside and the beauty of its waterfalls are things you only see in movies. The relaxed atmosphere that permeates everyone and everything that comes to this gem of the Pacific is intoxicating. And of course the splendid concoctions that the Kauai Beer Company brews make every day that much brighter.
In case you can’t tell, I have fallen in love with Kauai.
And to make things ever more perfect, there are the people of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. In the midst of this paradise is an LCMS parish fully committed to the Lutheran Confessions. It was pure joy to bring the gifts of our Lord and His Church to this congregation last Sunday. (Part of me was tempted to resign my commission on the spot and beg for a call to serve these saints!)
I know when our Lord returns that there will be a new heaven and a new earth and that this will truly be perfection. I also know that the Garden of Eden was perfect before our fall into sin.
But if any semblance of perfection remains, it most certainly exists in Kauai. Of this, I have no doubt.
I can’t wait to go back – to what can only be described as “heaven on earth”.