|The garden of Eden is where it all went down.
Even if you are not Christian, you know the gist of the story of Adam and Eve.
Life was perfect in The Garden. Then through a simple question, Eve and Adam (in that order) surrendered to temptation, and The Fall occurred.
It’s monumental, life-changing, actually.
Shortly after eating the fruit, God comes looking for Adam and Eve, who’ve hidden, fully aware of their actions.
“Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” [Gen 3: 11-13]
Shame. Guilt. Fear. Regret. Blame. I think we can all relate to one or more of these, right, sunshine? (Who said The Bible isn’t modern?)
A few key takeaways from this passage.
The first is God will always come looking for you. No matter what you’ve done or where you try to hide, He will find you and will love you. No matter what. End of story. Grace and mercy are yours.
Secondly, we all make stupid mistakes, and we often let these skeletons haunt us and keep us living in fear, shame, guilt, regret or even cause us to blame others, just like our long-time ancestors, Adam and Eve. But I love the question God asks upon seeing them: “Who told you that you were naked?”
This is such a powerful question because we often allow others to define our worth or beauty, or measure our success or ability to be loved, or deem us to be qualified or valued.
So the next time you are questioning your self-worth, qualifications, success, etc...I want you to ask yourself, “Who told you that?”
I can guarantee that any wrongful, negative thought is not from a space of love, compassion, kindness or mercy or from a person who unconditionally loves and cares about you.
With love for a week of Truth,