In the garden

I want to keep this one short and sweet but I am not too sure how my thoughts will organize themselves.

I want to read through the Bible chronologically over the year, but am a bit behind.  Today I started so I was reading Genesis 1 to 3 and was thinking about what God did with Adam and Eve and comparing it to where I am today.

This world is rough.  Lots of people are struggling: jobs, family, housing, money.  When is it going to get better?  How can we continue to survive and even thrive when it seems there is not enough?

Did you know it says God place Adam in the garden?  Let me back up a bit to my point.  The first mention of Adam is in Genesis 1:26-30, when God creates Adam and then tells him to, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it…” in verse 28.  Then we get a bit more of detail on Adam in Genesis 2.  What caught my attention was verse 15, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”  A bit further we receive the introduction of Eve when God saw that it wasn’t good for man to be alone.

So, while wrestling with my thoughts about my current state of life and many others that I know, I realized this.  God place Adam exactly where he wanted him and provided everything he needed: work, food, company/mate/marriage, shelter, etc.

God didn’t chose to create Adam and then let him run all over the entire earth without purpose.

So, if God chose to give Adam purpose, why would I even think that I do not have purpose where ever God sends me?

Perhaps myself and others should stop pulling out so much hair, stop trying to find the answers and settle into the fact that the creator of myself and the entire earth has the ability and the willingness to place me in my garden.  I know how Adams story turned out when he and Eve chose otherwise.  Mistakes happen – you can read it in Genesis 3 – but grace and mercy happen and even though their garden was closed and they were sent to work outside of it, God never left them.  They had a new garden to focus on.

My life may not look like paradise but that does not mean God does not bless me and keep me. 

It’s like I said, my thoughts are a still a bit all over the place but I know that this encouragement isn’t just for me.  Good night!