Immediately the two of them did “see what’s really going on”—saw themselves
naked! They sewed fig leaves together as makeshift clothes for themselves. When
they heard the sound of God strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the
Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from God. God called to the
Man: “Where are you?” – Gen 3.7-9 MSG
My brother in Our Lord, Ben Overby, recently saw the film August Rush with his family. You can read his comments here. The movie is about a gifted boy given up for adoption, his pursuit of his family, and his family’s pursuit of him: his craving to be found!
Found. The first story Moses tells us after the first sin is the story of our desperate need to be found. My bio-mom was a prostitute in NYC in the early 70’s, and we think my bio-dad was either one of her clients or her employer. She gave me up at day-care age to her father and step-mother, and I shifted from house to house within the greater circle of my family for several years, until just before my 8th birthday when her half-brother and his wife (my Mom and Dad) took me in. By then, though, I was already (as Paul would describe) ‘by nature a child of’ homelessness.
I heard the voice of God in 1994 and began to come out of hiding. My heart, hardened by bitterness and fear and anger and brokenness, is still terribly stony. I expectantly long for the day when I am Home, when I see my Father face-to-face, when he wipes the last tears of abandonment from my eyes forever. In the meantime, His Presence around the table, among His Family, in His Word, comforts me and goads me to greater earnestness in pursuit of Him.
in HIS love,