I’ve had a quiet Sunday, which is unusual for our family. Since we’ve all been struggling to shake off colds and respiratory issues, we took today off from our normal Sunday routines. These hours to rest have also brought time to think over the scriptures we’ve read this week and, of course, on this day that marks the anniversary of 9/11, memories of that heartrending day.
Here’s what brings my heart peace — in these first chapters of Genesis, there is a clear truth. God was there before Adam and Eve walked in the garden, He was there while they lived unashamed in Eden, He was there as they chose to go their own way, and He was there after they left their first home. We know this from the very next verse after their exile:
Genesis 4:1-2: Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel.
After their disobedience, after their sin, after their consequences were explained, after they lost the Garden of Eden…they still knew that the beautiful gift of a baby boy was given by the Lord.
Their perfect communion with God had been broken, but His love for them was not severed…and so, He was still present and active in their lives.
This is true for us, too. God is the One who knows us before our first breath on this earth — He formed us in our mothers’ womb. He knows our steps, our thoughts, our words, our hearts, the number of hairs on our heads and the number of tears that we cry. He is with us on every ordinary day, He is with us on the days that bring delight – and He is with us on the days that break us, these days like 9/11 that come with shock and fear, days that bring the loss of relationship, the ending of dreams we have held dear, or loved ones saying goodbye. He is with us when our hearts are tuned to His song, our ears to His voice – and even when we are choosing to sin and find ourselves hiding in shame, He is there waiting for us to come Home to Him.
In every unpredictable and hard season, He stays. In every peaceful and glad season, He stays.
In every season, He stays.
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”-Hebrews 13:5
Father, help us to remember that You are with us. Always, always, always – You are the One who stays. Help us to recognize Your presence in our lives, to understand that Your steadfast grace is sufficient for us. Help us to know, as this new week begins, that we can trust Your faithfulness. Help us to know that Your strong arms are holding us – and even if our world shakes, You do not let us go.