Genesis 2:25 says “And the man and his wife were both naked
and were not ashamed.”
In the beautiful Garden that God had created, with every kind
of fruit tree and flowering bush and bears and foxes and crystal-clear streams
and lush green hills, Adam and Eve where perfectly comfortable without clothes.
And they were not ashamed.
There were no viruses to catch or thorns to step on or
predators to watch out for or laundry to wash or groceries to buy or bills to
pay or kids to round up or time clock to punch or dinner to make.
There was no shame for bad decisions or selfish choices or defiant
behavior or jealous actions. They did not need to hide.
Genesis 3:8a “And they heard the sound of the Lord God
walking in the garden in the cool of the day.”
And God was present. In person. They could have walked with
Him like we would walk with a friend. Eye to eye and heart to heart, their
fellowship must have been astounding.
This cannot be missed !
The reason that life is so uncomfortable at times, perhaps
most times, is that I was not designed for life out of the Garden. I was meant
for face-to-face relationship with Him. Anything else just won’t do.
Living out of the garden and wondering why it hurts is like
putting my car on the bottom of Lake Erie and wondering why it won’t start. It
wasn’t built for that environment!
Perspective changes direction. Knowledge corrects error. Truth
God has provided for me even in this lost world of thorns and
I can stand strong because I am not left as an orphan.
To His Salvation I will run. To His Spirit I will cling and in
His Word will I live.
And in the quiet moments
alone with Him, I can feel the Garden again.
Content and Image 2022 © Charlene M Campanella (May not be used or reproduced in any fashion without written consent from the author)