Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” – Genesis 3:8-9 NIV
I recently celebrated my wedding anniversary and as a gift took my wife out to Monterey. Shared some good times on the beach during this heat wave and some needed time together. We rarely go out but due to the celebration, we put some funds aside and got us a place for the occasion.
Remember: Heat wave
I am sure the majority of you looked at various destinations close to home to gasp at the temperatures listed. I did. I reserved us a spot at the Monterey Hotel, in a room named “Historic King.” I felt good about it. There’s a lot of history there because of Cannery Row, Fort Ord, etc. The issue was…the heat wave.
Being that it was “Historic King” meant that the amenities would be, historic. We would be in and out to the beach, to a restaurant, to walk, etc. and had to pass by the many rooms in this hotel. Yet to get into our historic room, we had to exit the air-conditioned building and take a few steps into another adjacent building, the historic building, to get into our room.
It was a tough night’s sleep, it was hot, no a/c. Too much money for this.
I also got my wife another gift, but this one I made myself. I wrote her a poem. I took some time to get away from regular life and sat in front of a notebook to see how I could express my love for her. It took a while trying to find the right words, the right rhyme but I did it. After, I wrote it with better handwriting and on the morning of our anniversary, I read it to her. She liked it a lot.
Yesterday I was walking by our dresser and saw that my poem was still left out. I read it again. After reading it I said to myself; “yes, that’s me and that’s how I feel about Malia.” I went away really liking what I wrote.
As I read the scripture in Genesis, I see that God kind of feels the same way about what He wrote. He likes it. He knows whom He is dealing with. He knows all about our issues then and now. He doesn’t shy from engaging with us, from getting close to us, from being with us.
Genesis reads that the man and the women were made aware of God and they hid. The routine they shared, the provisions they received, the communication that was exchanged between the Creator and His creation was being held at a stand still because of their disobedience. The man and the women might have felt correct in removing themselves from the presence of God due to their actions. Peter in the New Testament also requests that Jesus leave the boat due to his sins and His righteousness. You might feel right in slowing down your walk due to some reaction you have made as of late. Yet God chooses to write the following lines;
But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
But my sin? Regardless.
But my issues? Still.
But I failed? Where are you?
I feel ashamed. Where are you?
That’s God’s true heart. His ongoing response to His creation. We hit hard times, we hit weak times, we stress out, we freeze, we lose, we fall out of place. Whatever you may be going through. God’s response is to always bring us closer.
Where are you?
Pastor Angel Hernandez