Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden. Genesis 3:8
In March 2020, the gym where I workout closed temporarily because of Covid.
As an alternative, I walked the streets of my neighborhood several days each week until the gym reopened that September.
Now that we’re in an apartment, I'll take “sanity breaks” from my writing and walk a particular course around our complex.
I use the time to pray, listen to a music playlist and podcasts, and, on occasion, interact with neighbors.
But when God starts walking, he isn't looking to strengthen his cardiovascular health. It means someone needs what only he can fix.
The first we learn of God’s walking presence in his human-likeness is in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3:8) Prior to Adam and Eve’s life-altering decision to eat the forbidden fruit, I imagine God may have walked to relish the majesty of His perfect design.
But this time there was trouble in paradise.
Adam and Eve sinned and brought death into what had been a perfect world. A world our souls long to recapture ...
He has also set eternity in the human heart ... Ecclesiastes 3:11
Adam and Eve’s awareness of their nakedness drew God’s attention. The insidious work of shame had Adam and Eve scrambling to cover up, utilizing fig leaves that would dry and crumble over the course of a few days.
Okay, points for resourcefulness but pretty useless, really.
They were helpless. Utterly without hope.
And God came walking …
I wonder if it quaked through his spirit, the earth at his feet trembling?
They sinned and their eyes were open. (vs 7)
God walked. (vs 8)
They heard him walking and hid. (vs 8)
God called ... (vs 9)
“Where are you?”
In effect, God said, “Where are you in relation to Me, Adam?"
I don’t know about you, but I’m not quick to walk toward offenders.
Fear of further injury?
Though lovingly and purposefully placed in the Garden in direct fellowship with their Creator, Adam and Eve let their hearts be ruled by desires apart from God.
Ever since, God has been in active pursuit, walking toward us .... an invitation to return to the Light of Life.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light [Jesus] has dawned. Isaiah 9:2
In him there is no darkness at all .... If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. I John 1:5, 7
Sin. The, uh, Garden conundrum of Genesis 3.
Our sin causes us to hide, to recoil, to cover up and turn from one another while God's amazing grace and love moves toward us—to restore and cover us with the blood of the Lamb.
Because when God starts walking, lives are forever changed.
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