“Therefore, the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken.” (Genesis 3:23)
The garden of Eden story ends in such a painful way. Adam and Eve would have felt horrible aloneness. I believe that is exactly what God intended. Adam and Eve didn’t appreciate being cared for by God. They decided freedom meant pushing God away and living a life apart. God always gives us what we want, so God gave them their wish, and let them be apart.
But look at the shocking results. Adam and Eve birthed Cain and Abel, which ended in death and despair. All of history, until the present, continues the line and lineage of Adam and Eve. This is a family tree of desperation, one generation after another, trying to live apart from God. The entire human experience has gone generation after generation, attempting to reinstitute a relationship with our God who promised a return to the garden.
Today, pray for God to guide us back to the Divine garden. The way back down the garden path occurs when we seek to hand our lives over to God. The serpent tricked Adam and Eve into desiring self-control. It requires letting go and handing our lives back over to God’s control, in order for us to step back onto the garden path. Daily prayer, where you share every aspect of your life, guides us back toward the garden. Put aside fifteen minutes today and share your deepest joys and fears with God. You will feel the garden path under your feet, and joy in your heart. Start today.