You opened your new eyes
in the garden that God Himself had planted.
Born a woman, you bypassed childhood,
and came into yourself with a rush of speech,
a flood of images,
and a seamless, three-way companionship: you, Adam, and Elohim.
Was Eden’s bird song the first sound in your perfect ears?
Or was it the world’s first love ballad, crooned by sleepy-eyed Adam
the moment he clapped his eyes on beautiful you?
“Bone of my bone; flesh of my flesh . . .”
Lonely no more, he riffed on the theme of his heart’s delight.
And so began the days of one flesh,
the days of naked and unashamed,
and the joyous sound of Elohim’s footsteps in the cool of the day.
But you and I, Sister Eve, are all of a piece in our restlessness,
For I, too, am prone to hanging around the wrong tree at the wrong time.
One glance too many at the forbidden fruit,
And suddenly there’s
The sibilant invitation:
“You can easily become like God.”
It’s all we can hear.
Unaware of the deadly implications, you were convinced
to want to be something other than what you were meant to be.
But then, your striving to be like God
is so much like my own cobbled-together omniscience:
Two parts worry,
One part hubris,
Larded through with a need for control.
I, too, would jump at the chance to know everything all the way from good to evil,
to see what’s really going on,
to be just like God. (Genesis 3:5 – MSG)
In my own ceaseless strivings, I have also thoughtlessly questioned the motives and challenged the truth claims of God.
Today, we call it “The Fall” . . .
And some days it seems as if we just keep right on falling.
Today, over at SheLoves Magazine, I’m writing about Eve’s legacy to us, the heartbreak of all that’s been lost and the great lengths to which God was willing to go in order to bring about glorious redemption.
I hope you’ll take a moment to join me there!
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