Walking in the Garden with God
A long time ago, when the world was in it’s infancy I walked with Adam and Eve. We enjoyed all the fruits of my labor and we laughed at the squirrels at play. The giraffes with their long necks were spectacular to watch. We enjoyed the warmth of the sun and the cool evening breezes.
We talked about everything; nothing at all was hidden from them. Everything I had I gave to them for their enjoyment.
To watch us, you would have thought we had known each other our whole lives. The truth was, I had known them their whole lives, I had created them.
I enjoyed talking to them and sharing with them the wonders of my creation, I enjoyed seeing their faces light up when they saw something new.
They too loved to fellowship with me, they enjoyed the intimacy and love that we had, I told them many great and wonderful things and they in turn shared their hearts with me.
Then one day the enemy of man slithered into the garden, he purposely went looking for my loved and cherished ones; they were totally unaware of his intentions as they had never encountered a foe before.
I had protected them loved them and shielded them from all that was hurtful to them. They knew no hurt, devastation or humiliation, lies were foreign to them and so was the idea that there was an evil force out to destroy them and separate them from me.
When I created them, I gave them their own free will. I gave them the ability to choose.
The choice between having unbroken fellowship and love with me or eternal separation from me.
I placed in the centre of their garden a Tree, the tree of life. The fruit of this tree could have devastating effects on the people who ate it.
I warned my creation, not to touch it, or eat its fruit, no matter how wonderful it may look. This tree could and would cause death.
I had given them everything, but told them to leave that one tree alone.
Then the serpent came, sligh and with evil intent, he had purposed in his heart to separate my children from me, he was determined to wreak havoc.
He found them near the tree, he spoke with cunning and deceit and before they knew what had happened, they were frightened and ashamed, angry and lost.
They hid, tried to cover their nakedness, but all attempts failed.
In the morning, I walked through the garden as usual, I sought my children out, I called for them, and at first they did not answer, but eventually they did.
I asked them what they had done to make them want to hide from me, the one who loved them the most. They stumbled over their words, staggering under the weight of their actions. My heart was broken.
We had walked in perfect fellowship, loving, caring and enjoying each other, but now it was like a whole world had come between us. They were ill equipped to deal with it, and now they had to face life without me.
Judgment came, and they had to leave, sin came and separated me from them. It was a devastating blow for all of us.
But I could not leave it there, I loved them remember, I loved them so very much, that I sent my only Son, the one I loved to become the final and most significant sacrifice for all time.
He went to earth, and pointed my people back to Me. He showed them my great love for them, and that I was willing to die, lay aside my heavenly kingdom in order for them to come back to me again.
Once it was done and there was no longer any gap between my precious children and myself, we again could walk together in perfect unity and love.
I offer you the gift of eternal life, spent with me, some will choose it, and others will not, but I present it in any case. I woo, I call, I draw, all in the effort to invite my precious children back home to me once again.
I love you
Love your Heavenly Father