Pursuing Love

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
— Genesis 3:8-9

In a moment everything changed. 

As soon as sin poisoned the hearts of Adam and Eve, they immediately did what we all want to do with sin--they hid. They were filled with shame, fear and disappointment. They never knew those feelings before, all they'd ever experienced in a timeless garden with God was His eternal love. All they knew was pure joy and goodness in a place where they enjoyed creation, each other, and had an unveiled relationship with God. Suddenly they were frightened of the very One (the only One) they had always loved. Suddenly they were ashamed of His goodness and glory. 

It's interesting to me how the father of lies has never changed his tactics yet he can be so effective. It's because the devil knows how to punish our hearts; take away the safety of relationship with God and then WE hide OURSELVES. 

But God pursues us. 

God didn't just leave them there clothed in guilt and shame, letting the poison take over. He pursued them. It was no coincidence that immediately after sin entered and Adam and Eve hid, God showed up in the garden. 

It wasn't because He was there to scold them. He found them because He wouldn't allow total separation. 

Although they would have to reap the consequences of their actions, God insisted on keeping relationship with the crown of His creation; the very creation that He made with His hands and breathed His life into. 

For the first time, they experienced another scenario: the only One they'd ever loved wasn't ashamed of them, but still loved them as before. 

His goodness and glory was still available for them to partake in. He wasn't ashamed of their sin but instead He covered them. Their own coverings were insufficient (have you ever seen a fig leaf?) but He knew what they needed. It wasn't just the animal skins--it was unfailing, unmerited, undeserved, unconditional love. Adam and Eve never really understood that kind of love until they did something that conditional love would cast them aside for. Instead, He drew them in. 

He draws us in. God has been around humans for a long time, He's seen everything we're capable of and more; the goodness and curiosity He placed in us to discover Him; the dark evil of sin that's driven humanity to do terrible things. But He isn't afraid of it. God isn't afraid of your sin, your mistakes, the horrible things that life can pile on us. 

In fact, He promises that instead of your shame, you will have double honor and the ruins of your life can be rebuilt greater than before. He can look your sin in the face and make you white as snow, cast it to the deepest depths of the sea where it will never surface again, clothe you in glory and honor as His child. 

When He calls you, answer. He isn't there to shame you. He's there to cover you.