I’ve been thinking about Adam and Eve lately.
After they were found guilty of their little act that so greatly affected life as we know it, “The eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves” (Genesis 3:7). Then, when they heard God in walking in the garden, “They hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8).
Why did they hide? It’s not like the God of the Universe, who is omnipotent and omniscient, wouldn’t be able to find them.
When a child knows he/she has done something wrong, they will often hide – under the bed, in a closet. Adam and Eve did the exact same thing. They disobeyed their loving God and disrupted the perfect order. They were guilty. And so they were ashamed.
Although I’ve not been found guilty of eating of the Tree of Good and Evil, I have just as easily disobeyed other of His commands. Daily. And so I hide.
I hide behind my makeup. And a busy social calendar. And accomplishments. And perfectionism.
Simon Tugwell puts it this way in his book, The Beatitudes, “We hide what we know or feel ourselves to be (which we assume to be unacceptable and unlovable) behind some kind of appearance which we hope will be more pleasing. We hide behind pretty faces which we put on for the benefit of our public. And in time we may even come to forget that we are hiding, and think that our assumed pretty face is what we really look like.”
And yet it’s not like the God of the Universe is fooled by our hiding. He sees us just as clearly as He saw Adam and Eve hiding in the garden.
Are you hiding?