Our home group has slowly been working our way through a particular book – Becoming a True Spiritual Community. This book is by one of my favourite authors, Larry Crabb.
I thought I would post some words that I read just the other night from this book:
When God first created people, He placed them in a garden, the biblical symbol of God’s presence” where He is loved and desired above all else” [quoting James Houston in The Heart’s Desire]. And He named the garden Eden, a word that means delight in the sense of erotic rapture.
When I ponder the significance of God placing Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and not in a university library or a business board room something stirs in me.
For me, these thoughts are stirring and refreshing. I can so often go into management mode and so often get caught up in the academia of study and scholarship. There is nothing inherently wrong with either of those, per se. But when they take over, becoming our main mode of operation, we dearly miss what God really intended.
Is it not interesting that God placed Adam and Eve within a garden, which Crabb reminds us this points to the presence of God, even where He walked with them in the cool of the day? His intent was not to first and foremost deem them managers or theologians, but rather relational beings called into relationship with Him and one another, enjoying the presence of Him and one another.
Such a reminder draws me in to the heart of God even more.