Words from the Heart for Monday April 9th, 2018
At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
Genesis 3:7 (NLT)
Their Eyes were Opened
The choice of sin and rebellion made by Adam and Eve brought shame into their lives. They attempted to fix the need by themselves. Left to ourselves, we also try to cover up our sin and shame. The only real way to bring change and restored peace is to come to the Lord and confess our sin.
When the first laser eye surgery occurred in Canada, many medical experts correctly predicted that this would lead to a revolution in vision care. National news cameras were set up at Calgary’s Gimbel Eye Centre and inches from a patient’s head, which was encased in a sterile cap, a gloved hand pointed a laser dot at 24-year-old Brent Carreau’s eye lid. As Dr. John van Westenbrugge began the evening procedure, history was being made, and Carreau’s life would change for the better.
I have a friend who is infamous for his practical jokes. You would think I would be wary when he gives me gifts, but he usually gets me. I remember one particular gift he gave me – a lovely tube of Smarties. When I opened it, however, it was not filled with Smarties, but a spring-loaded fake snake that sprung out at me, startling me. I got to thinking that this is just like temptation and sin. When Eve focused on the fruit on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, she was expecting something wonderful to happen. But, oh the shock. Listen to the story in Genesis 3:7: “At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.” What Satan had said would be a wonderful experience was instead filled with shame and guilt. And they immediately tried to cover it up with a suit of fig leaves. The leaves were a picture of how we always try to cover our shame and guilt when we sin as well. How much wiser to not yield to temptation.
These have been words from the heart.