And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
Adam and Eve, our first ancestors, heard the gentle footsteps of God as He strolled through the garden in the cool of the day. In that tranquil moment, everything changed. They hid from God. The act of hiding symbolizes not only the physical concealment among the trees but also the spiritual truth of our own lives.
Just as Adam and Eve hid from God, we too often find ourselves attempting to hide from our Creator. In our journey of faith, we may unknowingly or intentionally conceal various aspects of our lives from God. Let us reflect on some of the things we tend to hide from God.
Just like Adam and Eve hid their disobedience, we often attempt to hide our sins and guilt. We rationalize our wrongdoings, trying to keep them hidden in the shadows rather than confessing them before God.
We hide our insecurities, fears, and doubts, pretending to be stronger and more confident than we truly are. We forget that God knows our weaknesses and is ready to provide strength and comfort.
Sometimes, we conceal our broken relationships and unresolved conflicts from God. Instead of seeking reconciliation and forgiveness, we bury our pain and anger, missing the opportunity for healing.
Our pride often leads us to hide our need for God's grace and forgiveness. We may think we can earn our salvation through our own efforts, forgetting that salvation is a gift from God.
But there’s a comforting truth: Just as God sought out Adam and Eve in the garden, He is always seeking us. He calls us to come out of our hiding places and into His loving presence. He longs to restore our relationship with Him, no matter how deeply we have hidden our hearts.
Throughout history, many African-Americans have faced profound challenges, including systemic racism, discrimination, and social injustice. Just as Adam and Eve hid from God in shame and fear, there may be times when we have felt the need to hide our pain, struggles, and insecurities due to external pressures or societal expectations.
We should remember that God knows our struggles, fears, and insecurities, and He invites us to come out of our hiding places and into His loving presence.