Connie Gochenaur

This is NOT Where I Belong

Adam and Eve were placed into the Garden of Eden.  It was where they belonged.  One wrong decision changed their lives, and set them on a different course.  I left off in yesterday’s post questioning if they could ever find complete peace and contentment after they had been banished from their home.  I think a sense of belonging from that point on was always just out of their reach.  If you missed the intro to this series, you can read yesterday’s post here (Created Into Community).

We have never experienced the world as Adam knew it.  Adam knew what perfection was, the Garden of Eden was heaven-like, and he longed to go back.  But there would be none of that, and his choice to sin impacted all generations to follow.

We live in that fallen world. 

Yet God is merciful, and it tells us in Ecclesiates 3:11, that He has set eternity into the human heart.  We long for heaven.  We can never be totally fulfilled here because God has put a longing into each and every one of us.  We all have a hunger that will only be satisfied on the other side of heaven’s door.

Heaven is our home.

Heaven is set in our hearts.

It is our perfect place.

And even though Adam and Eve no longer walked the garden paths in their heaven on earth, and never again found the perfect place to belong, eternity was set in their hearts.  They, too, now looked forward to heaven, their eternal home.

Did that mean God was finished with them?  Had they fulfilled their purpose on earth?  Tomorrow’s post will touch the lives of Adam and Eve one last time, and then we will leave their chapter behind and move onto yours and mine.  Yes, eternity is in our hearts and complete comfort in this world is unattainable, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find our place, our purpose, and our people.

It was no accident that I began yesterday’s post with the words, ‘Once upon a time’.  Come back and see how the story continues and how you and I fit into it.

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This entry was posted on October 2, 2017 by in All Posts, Faith, Write 31 Days and tagged , , , , , .

Hebrews 10:35-36

Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have a need of perseverance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. You will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
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