“Headlines read like a warning, we’re under attack
I just waved to a stranger, he didn’t wave back
And if it weren’t for my TV I wouldn’t know what is real
My doctor can’t do a thing for how I feel
Feels like I’m leaving Eden” – Brandon Heath
Every act of violence, of hate, even of indifference and apathy—each is another step away from that glorious, ephemeral place called Eden.
It seems like Eden gets further and further each year. Is God ready to give up on this people that He created so long ago? Does He recoil in horror at what He sees of mankind today? Does He draw back further from a world that has forgotten Him? Has He forgotten us?
How far away has Eden become, as we daily eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? That tree abounds in this day and age: in the wrong decisions we see mankind making—a mankind comprised of each one of us; even in the decisions we make to try to “be good” or “get religion”. We have sought good, and we have experienced evil.
Yet there is a Tree, one that was out of humanity’s grasp for a time. Yet it was returned to us long ago. The Tree of Life. The only Tree that will bring true life and lasting peace to the people of the world.
Rather than being further than ever and out of reach, if we were to stop and listen, we would hear the whispers. If we would stop and close our eyes, we would feel the breath of the Holy Spirit moving, whispering, calling, beckoning us to move out from the life which we’ve always known and into a life of greater understanding, greater desire for Him, greater knowledge of Him.
In this world which we have broken, He is pouring out healing and restoration. In this world that we have torn with war, hate, selfishness, and greed, He still bestows a peace that passes understanding. His only request, that we believe and follow… that we embrace the life He brings, and not only claim it for ourselves but also reach out to give it to others.
Perhaps it is time to give that which is most precious to a weary and dying world.
Are we leaving Eden? Have we forever departed away from a life of connection and closeness to God? Perhaps the question should instead be:
Are we bringing Eden?
With every act of love, of forgiveness, of selfless giving, we are bringing a portion of what was lost to mankind so long ago.
Don’t be afraid to share whatever Eden you have—whether it is a dream of the future, a hope, a deed of kindness, a gift from the heart, a word of truth, a place of hospitality, even a broken smile or laughter through tears. It could be just what someone needs to draw them closer to Home. Closer to Grace.