Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
God comes towards us. Even after our biggest failures, even amidst our deepest sorrows, God draws near to us.
When we are the angriest we’ve ever been or the most distant we’ve ever felt, God comes towards us. Even though we often pass by this one small, yet significant piece to the story that unfolds in the Garden of Eden, we can see above that God came towards Adam and Eve even after their fall. He sought them out even while knowing what terrible action they’ve just recently just committed. When the one rule that God had set was disobeyed, He still chose to walk towards them. He still chose to pursue them. He didn’t give them the cold shoulder or the deadly silent treatment. He didn’t scold them with shame or yell at them until He could yell no more. No, God lovingly walked towards Adam and Eve. He daringly cried out with words of desperation and ache, “Where are you?” Let us see the love in this tiny, yet profound action. God walking towards us in our pain. He comes to us in our sin.
Friends and family, let us not hide in fear from God. Let us not for one instant think that God will not draw near to our crying hearts. He hears us. He sees us, and He walks us towards us with nothing but Love, Grace and Mercy. Let us go forth, step out of our shame and into the Goodness that awaits for us. The Goodness that appeared with the sacrifice on the cross. The goodness that we get to call Freedom.