«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» (Genesis 3:8).
I know they are common and that they are usually there, but I have never seen them acting so naturally.
On a cold, grey, very windy day, I came across fifteen cavies (guinea pigs) distributed in small groups along the path. They made me think a lot about Eden.
I live in a place where it is very common to be inches away from birds without having them fly away. They know they are in no danger and stay quietly while you walk beside them. However, as soon as these cavies saw me approaching, they left in terror to their burrows. Of course, I saw their burrows from the other side of the fence. They were close by, but for some reason, they felt safe like that.
Seeing them run away, I wanted to assure them and show them that I had no intention of harming them, but I did not think they were going to understand me. The problem is that love and fear speak such different languages.
When was the last time you hid? The last time (or perhaps, right now) that, because of sin, you felt it was best to stay away from your Creator who is the very One who can help you.
He comes out to meet you even if you intend to hide in «burrows» that He sees without any problem. And yes, He is also there on cold, gray, windy days when you think there is more reason to hide and run away from His presence.
He knows better than anyone that it is when things get more difficult that we most need to feel the Father close to us.
Instead of running away when we see Him coming, instead of diving into our ridiculous hiding places, let us remain quiet and enjoy His company, mercy, forgiveness, and love.
The tunics of skin that covered Adam and Eve, a sign of the sacrifice that would be made many years later for the human race, continue to remind us of God’s love that can cover our sins with His righteousness and make us clean. It is a matter of not escaping, of remaining, of recognizing, of believing, of accepting. And that is all there is.
Only in this way can we grasp a trace of that origin when man walked with God without shame, without fear, speaking only the language of love.