We create nurseries for our babies. We work hard to have everything just right for them. The right color! The right furniture! The right everything! All of this for a tiny, helpless bundle of pure joy and happiness. After they are born we sit and look at them and we dream! What will they accomplish? Who will they be?
Father, all of creation was just a backdrop, a framework for your crowning glory, man! Our wonderful Father lovingly set everything in place just for us. He exquisitely calibrated the atmosphere to sustain our life. He breathed out the sun, moon & stars to give us light, constantly declaring his Glory so that we might realize just how big he is! Then He created the land and trees for shade, comfort, color, enjoyment, food, the herbs for healing. Next came the birds and fish created for beauty for our eyes and songs to fill our hearts with joy and pleasure! He thought of everything!! By just a word from his mouth he created the animals to keep all of creation in order; to give us contentment, help and sometimes just plain fun!
When everything was ready He shaped, formed and created Adam! Father, did you smile with pleasure as you gazed into his face? Did you just sit and marvel at the work of your hands, this man? Did you dream of all he could be and do? Did you laugh as you thought of him running in the cool grass? Did you cry when you knew he would fall down, literally ‘fall’?
Then came the saddest words ever uttered throughout all eternity: “Adam, where are you?” “My Son, can you hear my heart breaking for you, crying out for you, longing for you?”
“ADAM! Where are you?”
And Adam hid from God.
Relentless in his pursuit of us, he continues to call, “Where are you?”
And we hide.
We hide in our busyness. We hide in pursuit of our own dreams. We hide behind our failures and even our successes. We hide.
But our relentless Father never stops calling out, ‘Where are you?”
In his mercy and grace he gently uncovers our hiding place to find us. By His own blood he pays our enemy the full price to buy us back from our captivity. Then He cleans us up, dresses us in beautiful robes of His righteousness and seats us right up next himself, so that once again we can enjoy the world he created just for us! Once again we can walk in the cool of the day and enjoy close relationship with him, our relentless Father who searches for us, finds us and gives us his own eternal life!
Why? Because he loves us THAT MUCH!
MY! WHAT A REDEEMER! WHAT A SAVIOR!