…then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. (Genesis 2:7-8, ESV)
As I was reading through the first couple chapters of Genesis this morning, the above verses stuck out. I’d never noticed before that Adam wasn’t created in Eden. No, God formed Adam out of the dust of the earth, breathed life into him, and then crafted Eden as a place for Adam to dwell.
Why is that important? I think that it shows two things: that God is interested in a dynamic relationship with us and that God continually goes before us, preparing a place for us.
It’s really quite beautiful, isn’t it? After creating Adam, God rushes off to make a place for him to dwell–a paradise–that is suited to Adam. God didn’t create paradise and then create a caretaker for it. Nope. Paradise was tailor-made for His beloved.
In a crazy, upside-down kind of way God is in the business of pursuing us and preparing for us.
“Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared.” (Exodus 23:20)
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”
I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to the idea that the all-powerful Creator is that into me. But over the last year, I’ve felt His presence at my back and seen evidence that He’s already been where I’m going.