My name means “Mother of all living.” I am Eve, created by God from one of my husband’s ribs, a visible reminder of my calling to work side-by-side with Adam, to be his helpmate.
Life was good then, back in the garden. The aroma of the lush, ripe fruit and beautiful exotic flowers was intoxicating. We played with the animals; Adam had a name for each one! We had complete fellowship with God, our creator. Sometimes in the evenings, God would walk in the garden with us. But, this was before I ruined everything.
God had given us every tree to eat from, except one, the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God had warned us that on the day we ate of that tree, we would surely die. But, the serpent told me otherwise. He twisted God’s words. He said that if I ate of the fruit, I would be like God, and I chose to believe him. I took a bite. I gave some to Adam, and he ate, too. Life as we knew it, ended. A sparrow fell from the sky. A lion pounced on a lamb. We looked at each other and were ashamed.
Now, some hurl verbal stones at me. “Eve,” they say, “How could you have been so stupid? You had everything a woman could want…a home in paradise, a husband who adored you, fellowship with God—and yet it wasn’t enough. How foolish!”
Don’t you think I know that? When evening comes, and I see Adam’s bleeding, blistered hands from working an unyielding land, don’t you know a part of me dies inside? When my daughters cry out in agony, don’t you know a knife pierces my heart? I have a dead son. Dead at the hands of his own brother. No woman should ever have to bear that!
If I could go back into time, I would. If I could change what I had done, I would. If I could hurl that snake out of the garden, I would. But I can’t. I can’t.
Maybe some of you are like me. You enjoyed a good life, but it wasn’t enough. A temptation called, and you did not resist either. Life as you knew it ended. And, if you could change your reaction, you would. But you can’t. You can’t.
Don’t despair, my friend. There is hope. God offers forgiveness. He knew of our rejection, so he planned for our redemption.
As long as there is life, there is hope.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11