“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.”
The Pursuit Of God A.W. Tozer
In the beginning.
In the beginning, He created.
Male and female, He created.
In the beginning, the whole of what was to come waited in pregnant pause.
With an exhale of His breath, flowers blossomed, rivers burst forth, birds took flight, and mankind woke to the world’s sunrise.
Tucked neatly in to His creation, God reveals His purpose for human kind. Our purpose simple: to walk with God in the shade of the blossoming apple tree, to trust and bask in His presence.
Easy sleep and fulfilling work.
No shame, the world unfolds before their very eyes.
And it was good.
Amidst the goodness and peace of the garden, desire seeps in and jumbles hearts and minds for all of creation.
“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:8
Wanting the one thing God held back from them. Eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Succumbing to the ways of the serpent, Eve looks at the forbidden fruit and desire fills her belly. Desire for her own way, desire for the sweet flesh that will grant her wisdom, so she thinks.
She takes it, eats, and passes it along to Adam.
Shame is birthed in to all creation.
Immediately, their eyes flicker wide in shame.
Naked and embarrassed, they hide from God.
And just as it always does, sin morphs from one into another; disobedience, into blame, and ultimately dropping the responsibility at God’s feet.
“The woman whom YOU gave me, she gave me the fruit….” (Adam)
“The serpent deceived me….” (Eve)
Afterward, God searches them out, knowing full well where and why they hide.
And then, he compensates.
He clothes. He provides for. He offers a great plan of rescue.
This story we are weaving, although the names are Adam and Eve, this scene is reenacted throughout History and hearts over and over again.
This is the Story of us.
The allure of God versus the allure of the world and all that is in it.
Homesickness settles deep in to our bones for that intended communion with God. We wander aimlessly, searching for something, anything, to fill the deep chasm of longing.
So we buy more, we eat more, we consume more, we take more, we use more, yet we still ache more.
An unquenchable thirst for more.
Nothing under the sun can satisfy a hunger that was meant only to be fed by God.
There is no need to go in search of; no need to DO anything. There is just a turning of the head toward a God who waits in eager anticipation of relationship.
From the beginning of time, God made His intentions known…..to know us and be known. To quench our thirst with living water (the Holy Spirit) so that we will never be thirsty again.
“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14
And then, once we have been filled to the brim with His living water, we can walk with Him and be wholly content amidst His creation.
For more time with the One who quenches all thirst: Isaiah 55: 1-2; Proverbs 2:1-6; Psalm 139; Psalm 138:3