There’s something that happens to you when you’re pregnant…so, okay, there’s a LOT of stuff that happens to you when you’re pregnant….but this is one mood that hits you hard towards the end of that nine months: nesting. For the uninitiated, nesting is the term we use to describe an obsessive, haunting, all-consuming need to get the house in order. If you see a pregnant woman in Target, move out of the way. She is on a mission to get everything that baby needs in its place and ready to go…pronto. She wants the kitchen spotless and the carpets clean, the laundry folded and put away. Something inside of her is telling her to get prepared, to get ready…that baby’s arrival is imminent and the mommy-instinct drives her to want a perfect place for the baby to come home to.
When I was pregnant with my daughter and waiting to get her nursery painted and the furniture put together, I would actually sit down and cry in pure frustration that I couldn’t just do it all myself that very moment.
I think this is just an instinctive thing — we love our soon-to-be-born baby and we want to create a special place for him (and the sooner, the better).
Which is why I love that we get to hear about God creating the Garden of Eden in Genesis Chapter Two. God had already made the world and all of its wonders…and He saw that it was good. Once He made man, He wanted him in a wonderful place…a home, where man could live and God could fellowship with him. So God planned and planted a garden.
Genesis 2, beginning with verse 8: “Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
I love that He planted all of the best trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food…He made it lovely and practical…He surrounded the place with running water to drink and swim in…anything that Adam needed, you can know it was there. Because God’s love is bigger than even a mom’s love…and this was the home for His most beloved creation. He created it specifically for man. He was thinking about mankind…planning for mankind…just like a mother lovingly looking through the Babys’RUs catalogue, picking out what the baby will need, God rolled out the fields and placed the stars into His sky…He planted an apple tree…poured water into the riverbeds…He created this world for His people, to take care of them and to reveal His love to them.
And that includes you and I. So take a moment and ponder this, because you can believe that He already knew your name way back then…when God created this world, He was already showing you that He loves you.