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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hide and Seek (08/07/08)

TITLE: He Finds Me Every Time
By Jessica Dickson
08/13/08


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Why do I run, pretending to be someone else, realizing that I'm just faking? I find that there's nothing to run to when I do this, yet I go.

When Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (say that three times fast), the first thing they did when God came to the garden was hide. God's like, "What's up dudes?" And suddenly they change. Obviously their eyes have been opened to the knowledge of good and evil. We know this. We've read the story. We've heard it preached. We know this very well. But more than what they knew changed, they themselves were different. When Eve was made, Adam instantly cared for her. He loved the curve of her body and took pride in his woman. After eating the fruit, he hid and blamed the woman. The one he had instantly proclaimed the bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh, he now looked at her disdainfully.

I find that we complain on a regular basis that all Adam and Eve had to do was not eat from one tree. We laugh and we joke like we could do much better. But, regardless, we are all in the same boat. And when I eat of the tree, when I disobey God, I go into hiding. And I change. God spends so much time loving me into a better person, taking great care, being patient with me. I sin. I go into hiding. I blame. I blame my situation. I blame other people. I blame God. I mean, he knew his rules would be too hard for me to follow, right?

Right. He knew. That's why he gave us a choice. He didn't just leave us hanging. When Adam and Eve dressed themselves with fig leaves, God had compassion and gave them real clothes from the skin of an animal; they didn't know what they were doing so he helped them out. And he does that to me, day by day. Instead of animal skin, He gave Christ to be my covering. He calls me out of hiding, sees the pathetic mess the I've made and, by his compassion, gives me something that will last.

There's never any reason to hide, but maybe that's human nature. It's not what God intended, but it our brokenness, he calls us out of hiding and into his light, where he can put everything back together.


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Sunny Loomis 08/16/08
God cares for us even when we disobey. Very good observations. Keep writing.