A Legacy of Striving

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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Michele Morin

Michele Morin is a teacher, blogger, reader, and gardener who finds joy in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for over 25 years, and their four children are growing up at an alarming rate. Michele loves hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop her in her tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. She laments biblical illiteracy and advocates for the prudent use of “little minutes.” She blogs at Living Our Days, and you can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

30 thoughts on “A Legacy of Striving”

  1. Michele,
    My second time coming here. Last time I read it all but even scanning this again – we can see our beginning but now know how it will finish. Dropping over from Monday Meditations.
    Blessings,
    Janis

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    1. Wow, Anita, good insight. I was recently helped (tremendously) in my thinking along these lines by Jen Wilkin’s book about the incommunicable attributes of God — None Like Him. We get into so much hot water when we try to take over for God in areas where we have no business.

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  2. Michele, this is absolutely beautiful. You brought me into Eve’s mind . . . probably because that’s where my mind goes too. I’m so thankful for God’s grace and His sovereignty, which helps me remember Who is God. And it’s not me. Loved your words!

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  3. Thanks for not playing the blame game with our Sister Eve. She represents the loud and lavish screams of the flesh in all of us. But praise God, He can AND CHOOSE all falls to bring us up higher. Thank you for the affirmation that He never gives up on us.

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  4. Michele, I loved this. I find myself wanting to be like God in wanting to know all so I won’t blunder and make mistakes. I never thought of linking that to Eve. Thanks so much. You are a gifted communicator.

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    1. Deb, I’m so glad that you wandered in for a visit! Our sister Eve has been on my mind for a while, and her story tumbled out in this way.
      Wanting to know, wanting to control — all just fine, until they become an idol, which we are so prone to allow.

      Good to hear from you!

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  5. Michele, I love this! You’ve hit on some things I’ve wondered about Eve. Thank you for the reminder it is not a sin to want to be more, we just have to be careful with how much more. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

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    1. And our motives, too. So many of God’s attributes are communicable, and He invites us into His holiness and His love for justice — but when we step over the line into striving to be omniscient or sovereign . . . we are stepping over the line where Eve stepped, and we find disappointment and loss.

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