In the beginning, there was nothing. Only emptiness. And darkness. And…nothing but nothing.
But God was there. And God had a wonderful plan. God said, “Out of the nothing, I’m going to make…EVERYTHING.” God spoke. That’s all. And whatever he said, it happened.
God saw all that he had made and he loved them. And they were lovely because he loved them.
But God saved the best for last. He would make people to share his Forever Happiness. So God breathed life into Adam and Eve. When they opened their eyes, the first thing they ever saw was God’s face. God loved them with all of his heart. And they were lovely because he loved them.
Adam and Eve lived happily together in their beautiful new home. And everything was perfect – for a while.
Now, God had given Adam and Eve only one rule: “Don’t eat the fruit on that tree. Because if you do, you’ll think you know everything. You’ll stop trusting me, and then death and sadness and tears will come.”
But the crafty serpent whispered. “You don’t need God. If He really loved you, He would let you eat some of that fruit.” His words hissed into Eve’s ears and sunk deep into her heart, like poison. Does God love me? she wondered. Suddenly she didn’t know anymore.
Eve picked the fruit and ate some. And Adam ate some, too. And a terrible lie came into the world. It would live on in every human heart, whispering to God’s children: “God doesn’t love me.”
Sin had come into God’s perfect world, and it would never leave. God’s children would always be running away from Him and hiding in the dark. “You must leave the garden now,” God said. “This is not the place for you anymore.” But before they left, God gently clothed His children and sent them away, out of their home.
Now in another story, this would have been THE END… But not in this story.
It could not end there. Though they would forget Him and run from Him, deep in their hearts God’s children would miss Him always and long for Him — yearn for their home. And in spite of everything, God would love His children — with a Never-Stopping, Never Giving-Up, Unbreaking, Always-and-Forever Love. God had a magnificent plan – “It will not always be so! I will come to rescue you!” God whispered.
And He would. One day, God Himself would come.