Beyond the Shadowlands Prologue Part 4
Adam and Eve gasped at the panorama that sprawled out below them.
Eden may have been named a garden, but it was so much more – so much more vast than what we would think of as a garden being.
It was a tropical paradise.
Eden was a valley, bounded on all four sides by high hills. Three of them, including the one upon which Adam and Eve stood, sloped gently down into the valley below. Each of these three hills had a meandering path that led down into the heart of the valley.
The fourth hill, the one directly across the Garden from where Adam and Eve and the Three-in-One stood, was a sharp cliff-face with a towering waterfall rushing over it. Behind it, a magnificent mountain range sprawled. Clearly, that hill was part of the foothills that ranged out from the mountains.
The water that cascaded down the side of the cliff formed a large pool at the base of the waterfall. From the pool, 4 streams extended out in different directions. As Adam and Eve looked, they noticed that within the Garden, the streams eventually widened into rivers that cut gaps into the hillsides where they flowed from the Garden. Even from high above, the water was so clear that they could fish of all sizes and colors moving in the rivers below.
The banks of the rivers were carpeted by rich green grass which extended into meadows filled with an amazing variety of plants and bushes, and wildflowers of every hue imaginable. It was a lush paradise, teeming with beauty and life, and yet peaceful and beckoning.
Other parts of the valley were impossible to see because of soaring trees that clustered together – trees of every kind imaginable, providing a canopy of shade for the valley below. Clusters of shorter fruit trees grew in small groves that dotted the valley. Adam and Eve were speechless at first as they took it all in, and then they began to thank the Three-in-One excitedly for this incredible gift.
Logos smiled and invited them to descend the closest path into the valley. “Come,” He said, “There is so much more to see inside the valley! The deeper in you go, the bigger it becomes!”
Wondering what this could mean, Adam and Eve rushed to follow Him down the path. Despite the height of the hills, it seemed like the descent into the valley took no time at all. Once they were there, Logos pointed to the next closest hillside, off to the east. “Come,” he said. “Let me show you something wonderful!”
They followed, walking effortlessly at a quick pace. But after walking so long that the sun was almost ready to slip beneath the top of the hillside, they found that they had not gotten any closer! Looking back, though, they could see clearly that they had travelled a very long distance from the path they had descended down into the valley. Completely mystified, Adam asked how this was possible.
“The Garden is larger inside than outside! And as I told you, the deeper you move into the Garden, the bigger it becomes! You can travel forever and still be within the Garden. But if you follow any one of the rivers, you can leave the Garden for the wilderness, and then come back the same way. We created the Garden this way for you to enjoy, so you could explore it and enjoy and never tire of it, and yet be completely free to leave it, explore the outside wilderness, and return whenever you like!” As He spoke, Elyon and Ruach joined Him, all Three-in-One smiling with pleasure at the wonder on Adam and Eve’s faces.
Eve finally turned to the Three-in-One. “It’s perfect!” she exclaimed.