"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Thursday, April 7, 2011

In The Beginning

Last night, our family was able to watch Sight and Sound's "In The Beginning" on DVD. I wasn't exactly sure how I would like it, because, to be honest, the creation story and Adam and Eve have always seemed so distant, so impersonal. Like, it happened in another time and place and I can't really relate to it. But it definitely surpassed my wildest dreams! It was so - real! I mean, a real God Who has feelings just like us made real people in His image to be His friends! Of course, I already knew this somehow, but it never seemed real to me before... How can I describe it? I mean, during the fall, when Eve and then Adam ate the fruit, Jesus was standing off in the distance, watching, yearning for them to make the right choice. And then to see the hurt in his eyes and the disappointment and sadness in his face as He turned away... And then a prayer Adam prayed soon after they had left the garden. He was crying, saying how much he missed Jesus and the angels and wondering how long it would be before he could see them again. And that's when it suddenly struck me. Jesus and the angels had become Adam and Eve's best friends! Their friendship was probably closer and stronger than the best friendships we have, and suddenly to lose it all! To be banned from seeing each other!!! Oh, the pain and hurt they must have endured! It was just overwhelming!

But then at the end, Eden is restored and Adam and Eve are once again reunited with Jesus and all their angel friends. Just to see them running through the garden again, looking young and happy, and most of all, enjoying every second with their Best Friend - wow... And then all the angels and the redeemed singing the finale song. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee and then going into Holy, Holy, Holy. I must admit, I was crying by the end of it. It was just so moving, so incredible! I hope I never lose the feeling of longing I have right now, to go to heaven, to meet Jesus face to face, to feel His arms around me. To know that there will be peace forever. Life and love will never end. And there will be no more sad goodbyes... That is life, the way it was meant to be. That is what we were created to enjoy. Oh how I long to be home...

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