This past weekend we got the opportunity to travel to Masai Mara, a vast wild life sanctuary located 5 hours by van from Nairobi. We spent three days and two nights in this stunning paradise. I was so impressed by the beauty I was encountering that it made me think of Adam and Eve and their remarkable lives. With each experience I took a photo and thought to myself, “Is this what Eve might have seen?” I am going to combine some of my photos with scripture to describe my thoughts.
The night that Eve was created God took a rib from Adam’s side and made her. When Adam awoke the following morning he found Eve lying asleep beside him. Adam was happy, he took her hand and she woke up. Eve looked up at him and smiled. (Genesis 2:21-25)
Her home, The Garden of Eden, would have been a climatic paradise that apparently needed no rain because it was watered by a mist coming up from the ground (Genesis 2:6). This would have meant no devastating storms. Everything about God’s creation would have been perfect; after all, He had pronounced it “very good” at the end of day six (Genesis 1:31).
God told Adam and Eve that it was their job to take care of their new home. Adam was to tend the garden (Genesis 2:15) and Eve was to be his helpmate (Genesis 2:18). This indicates that work was to be a part of God’s perfect creation. However, since the ground had not yet been cursed this work would be a complete joy and never a tedious task.
God also blessed them, saying, “All this is for you. Help yourself to anything you like.” He also gave Adam and Eve free will and told them to never eat of the tree in the middle of the Garden. “That tree gives knowledge of good and evil. The day you eat its fruit, you will die. “(Genesis 2:15-17)
There in the garden Eve, with her husband Adam, lived a life of blissful innocence. They had never sinned; therefore, they had no guilt or shame. This was life as God intended it to be.
What did every day life look like for Eve in this delightful paradise?
Did she swim in refreshing waters with the hippopotamuses?
Did she laugh while playing hide-and-seek with the cheetah?
Did she lie down in soft grass with the lionesses?
Did she gracefully ride on the backs of elephants while taking in God’s splendor?
Did she learn how to care for her babies from observing the zebra mothers?
How was it when God was by her side in the gentle coolness of the evenings? The Bible even indicates that God may have taken on a physical form in order to walk with her in the garden (Genesis 3:8).
Clearly, my day to day life is nothing like Eve’s in insurmountable ways. However, there is one similarity I share with Eve; I desire to be like God just as she did.
Eve’s desire to be like God is what led her to listen to the serpent, the enemy. This enemy caused her to question her ability to hear and understand God, caused her to doubt in the goodness of God and presented a short-cut to fulfillment that excluded relationship with God.
And so, she ate of the forbidden tree and she shared it with Adam. I can’t blame her; I have committed just as damaging sins in my life. Like Eve my sins have hurt me and others.
And so, it was then that God could have been done with His people. But He created us and He can not stop loving us. This is the game changer. This is why God is always in the action of pursuing us. The Bible tells that Adam and Eve were hiding in shame when God came looking for them. (Genesis 3:8)
For the first time ever Eve’s heart would have felt painfully broken and her humiliation would have been crippling. When God found them they confessed what they had done. Once again our amazing God of both grace and truth showed His heart. He made a promise to redeem them even through punishment. (Genesis 3:14-19) He then clothed them both and sent them out of the garden. (Genesis 3 20-24) Their lives were forever changed.
Christ is righting our messy fall. This is so we can walk with Him again in the garden during the cool of the evening reunited by the truth of His grace and love. I pray you are each able to carry that certainty in your heart.
Until next letter,