In the middle of the Garden of Eden stood two trees (Genesis 2:9). The instructions about one were clear. Do not eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (2:17). Although even this got confused. Under inquisition from a listening, talking serpent the woman remembered only one tree in the middle of the garden and said that the instruction was not even to touch it (3:3).
The other tree, described as the tree of life, is not explained, although being banished from the garden made its fruit inaccessible (3:22,23).
Until now. Reading Proverbs this morning we came across Proverbs 3:18 afresh. Wisdom is a tree of life to all who embrace her. And not just any tree. The writer obviously had the Genesis story in mind because the sequence of the narrative also covers the earth's foundations, the deep, the heavens and the clouds (3:19,20).
You can embrace the tree of life through wisdom, even if the fruit may still be remote. I think I just became a tree-hugger. You?