When the Children Cry (Part Two)
God Created The Perfect Nursery
If you haven’t read part one start here.
When we think of suffering we need to remember God did not design it this way. He designed this world to be a paradise and it was. Everything in it was good!
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Genesis 1:31 KJV
The most precious part of that creation was man. God created every living thing. Then he created man. Man was different than all the other creatures that were created though. He had the image of God. He was also the only creature referred to as the son of God. When we think of parenting it is important to remember that God was the first father. We would do well to follow his pattern as a father. Jesus compared earthly fathers to the heavenly Father when he said if we give good things to our children how much more likely is God the Father to know how to give good gifts.
Ask yourself this, what self-respecting father would not want to give his son the best he possibly could. Of course we are limited by time and money when it comes to our children. We are also limited by ignorance. Sometimes we just don’t know what is best. Sometimes we are limited by our own sinful nature. How many fathers have put their own interests in front of the their children, have spent more time on the ball field or in the bar then they did making sure their child had what he needed.
When we found out we were expecting a child my wife, an avid HGTv fan, began planning his nursery. She picked an Africa theme which suited me just fine. We are both lovers of the Animal Kingdom at Disney World. I was also going to make a trip to Africa just after he was born.
So she got online and starting buying stuff. She started going to BabiesRUs and buying stuff. Of course this led to all this stuff showing up at our house and the baby’s room wasn’t ready to put it up. Here I have to make an admission. I am a procrastinator by nature so that was my fault. Time I should have spent getting the baby’s room ready was spent doing other things. Often those things were not even productive. But I am a man and that makes me a sinner. It was a limitation of mine.
God did not face any of those limits though. So when he got a “room” ready for his son, it was perfect. When we think of how it is now in the world we think in terms of what we know. But this room called Eden was nothing like we have ever known. Lions and all manner of creature came right up to Adam and he named them. He was not afraid of them and they were not afraid of him! They were in perfect harmony. Adam wasn’t crouching under a bush when the thunderstorms come hiding from them the same way you and might pull the covers tighter when the thunder is actually shaking the house. There were no storms. In fact there wasn’t even rain! He was not jumping at shadows when he walked in the darkness. He was not afraid of anything that might be there. There was no creature to fear. He had already learned that first hand when he named them. He did not have to go down to the grocery store to get food. Everything he needed was right there! I could go on about the lack of pollution, the absence of war or crime and a myriad of other things but I think you get my point.
The room was not the only thing different about God and his son though. His son was different. My son gets sick does yours? God’s did not. He was healthy all day every day. He was not subject to sickness the same way we are. Sickness only entered into the equation after man left the garden. Adam woke up refreshed every day unlike me. I wake up still tired and often aching!
In short he was perfect and his environment was perfect. So what happened? As you might imagine, someone messed it up.