by Diane Ward
God forms the first human being and plants a garden in Eden. Man is not created for a solitary life; he needs a companion. God creates the ideal woman who shares man’s own nature. God is with them. Soon their fatal choice will cut them off from the Tree of Life God planted for them. All is spoiled now; they will leave God’s presence. They will live as exiles.
We need go no farther than the third chapter of Genesis before we find God in the role of
seeker. Adam and Eve hid from God in the bushes. God waits for them, “where are you?”
Satan’s strategy is to disconnect us from God, to abandon us as lost children. If the world God
created was good how did it get to be the way it is now? Dare we envision a God who follows
us with goodness and mercy all the days of our lives, who tracks us down and wins us over.
Eden is Restored:
The Seeker goes after them, they were created for God, they are not lost to the enemy. Hope
remains. A tree stands by the river in the new Kingdom where God and His people live forever.
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal proceeding from the Throne of
God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river was a tree of
life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month.” (Revelation 2:2)
“Certainly, there was an Eden on this very unhappy earth. We all long for it and we are
constantly glimpsing it. Our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most
humane is still soaked with the sense of exile.” (J.R.R. Tolkien)
God is always seeking us-always calling for us. “Where are you?” Let us answer boldly, "here I am LORD."