Breathing in this sight, boldness takes hold and I dare to glance around. It’s like a dream. The fauna (animals) and flora (plants)* are, well, not only vibrant, beautiful and majestic…but serene, peaceful and comforting. And I think – how could Eve give it all up?!
Okay, she didn’t realize she would be giving it all up. Perhaps she thought she might get a slap on the hands, worst case scenario. Better question is; how could she risk it?
Then I get side-tracked onto the risks I have taken to make a better life for my kids and lie to myself that I needed to…then I try to focus again and realize I risk my relationship with God every moment of the day as risk…er…sin beckons me in the opposite direction.
SUDDENLY – like an epiphany – the realization hits me in the head like a cast iron skillet! HOLD THE PHONE! (i.e. do not take that text or call – put everything down except God) –
As beautiful as Eden was; the lush plants, the trusting animals, the food waiting to be picked, plucked and harvested (without sowing or weeding) –
As wonderful as no mosquito bites, ticks, or mountain lions waiting to devour you –
THE WORST was Adam and Eve’s separation from God and Hello Hope, are you awake?!
We’ve been reconciled!
So what am I doing living like a slave (as the prodigal son said)? It’s time to go home! It’s time to listen to Him (read His Word). It’s time to visit with Him (sit in prayer). It’s time to hang out with Him (fellowship with His people).
So now that I’ve awakened from the dream; now that I’ve wallowed in the woulda’ coulda’s for a moment and God has gotten my attention…now that I’ve written this lengthy sticky note so that between it, a few Bibles around my house and the Helper He has sent (the Holy Spirit) I can continuously be on guard from the sin that crouches at the door and be awakened when I do fall asleep (for even the wise virgins who brought the extra oil fell asleep during their watch-Matthew 25).
None of us are perfect, this is why we need the Lord and to encourage one another in Him!
*I used to think the phrase “flora and fauna” all meant vegetation and never understood the redundancy, it’s nice to be in the know…