Reality and The Terrible Lie

This is not my typical post, but it’s too important not to share.

Too often blogs fall into the same trap that other social networks such as Facebook lead us into again and again. False Reality. You know, it’s the moments when you browse through a friend’s Facebook pictures and wonder why your life isn’t as great as their’s. You are plagued by the hundreds or thousands of friends that keep popping up on your mini feed…friends that just got engaged, got married, in a new relationship, just found out they are having a baby, post pictures of their baby, traveled to Europe, partying in NY…and the list goes on. It makes you feel somewhat inadequate. At least that’s my perspective.

Either I’m the only one plagued with jealousy or you know exactly what I’m talking about.

I must admit I’m part of the problem, and chances are you are too. My life may look perfect from the outside. If you were to browse through my pictures on Facebook or my blog, you’d see that I’ve graduated college, had a dream teaching job, have my dream job as a stay at home mom, married my college sweetheart, traveled to exotic places, went on mission trips, had a baby, etc. What you don’t see, you don’t perceive me going through. It’s a part of that whole False Reality. I, along with others, don’t intentionally post pictures of the hours of studying I did to get my degree, the difficulties my husband and I went through and are going through in our marriage because we are sinful human beings, the financial burden we are facing with me staying at home with our son, my ongoing battle with my weight, and the list goes on. Why would I want people to see that?

The truth is, most of us hide our faults and imperfections in order to appear a certain way. We want our lives to look perfect because we think, doesn’t everyone else have a perfect life? Lies. Seriously, that is what it is. It’s all a lie. You may wonder, is a half truth really a lie? Because aren’t you showing your life but just not all of it? Yes. It creates that False Reality that in turn gives you a false truth. Yes, those pictures are real and I have real joy in my life…my marriage with my husband brings me joy, my son brings me joy, I really do love my life. BUT my life is not perfect and no matter how hard I try to make it look like it is, the truth is that it never will be perfect. I will always have skeletons hidden in my closet, hidden from the virtual world and from the world outside my home.

We are sinful human beings, meaning we all fall short of perfection. It’s just honest reality. You and I will never be perfect (in this life). Since the beginning of time, humans have tried to hide their imperfections by covering it up…pretending it wasn’t there. Adam and Eve covered their nakedness and hid from God when they became aware of their imperfections. Funny (or not so) how we do the same. But guess what, God made us a promise…a promise to take on our imperfections, our sinfulness, a promise to do it Himself and to give us HIS perfection.

I’m not perfect, and I won’t be until Jesus comes. Don’t buy into the lie that my life is perfect, or your friend’s life is perfect, and your life will forever be crap. God desires you. God wants you to live with Him in perfection…but He is the only one who can give it to you.

I want you to take a moment to read something that I read to Ariston a couple of weeks ago for our bedtime Bible time that really hit me.

Adam and Eve lived happily together in their beautiful new home. And everything was perfect—for a while. Until the day when everything went wrong.

God had a horrible enemy. His name was Satan. Satan had once been the most beautiful angel, but he didn’t want to be just an angel—he wanted to be God. He grew proud and evil and full of hate, and God had to send him out of heaven. Satan was seething with anger and looking for a way to hurt God. He wanted to stop God’s plan, stop this love story, right there. So he disguised himself as a snake and waited in the garden.

Now, God had given Adam and Eve only one rule: “Don’t eat the fruit on that tree,” God told them. “Because if you do, you’ll think you know everything. You’ll stop trusting me. And then death and sadness and tears will come.”

(You see, God knew if they ate the fruit, they would think they didn’t need him. And they would try to make themselves happy without him. But God knew there was no such thing as happiness without him, and life without him wouldn’t be life at all.)

As soon as the snake saw his chance, he slithered silently up to Eve. “Does God really love you?” the serpent whispered. “If he does, why won’t he let you eat the nice, juicy, delicious fruit? Poor you, perhaps God doesn’t want you to be happy.”

The snake’s words hissed into her ears and sunk down deep into her heart, like poison. Does God love me? Eve wondered. Suddenly she didn’t know anymore.

“Just trust me,” the serpent whispered. “You don’t need God. One small taste, that’s all, and you’ll be happier than you could ever dream. …”

Eve picked the fruit and ate some. And Adam ate some, too.

And a terrible lie came into the world. It would never leave. It would live on in every human heart, whispering to every one of God’s Children: “God doesn’t love me.”

And it wasn’t a dream: It was a nightmare.

A dove flew from Adam’s hand. A deer darted in a thicket. It was as if they were frightened by something. A chill was in the air. Something strange was happening. They had always been naked — but now they felt naked, and wrong, and they didn’t want anyone to see them. So they hid. Later that evening, as God was taking his walk, he called to them. “Children?”

Usually Adam and Eve loved to hear God’s voice and would run to him. But this time, they ran away from him and hid in the shadows.

“Where are you?” God called.

“Hiding,” Adam said. “We’re afraid of you.”

“Did you eat the fruit I told you not to eat?” God asked them.

Adam said, “Eve made me do it!”

“What have you done?” God asked.

Eve said, “The serpent made me do it!”

And terrible pain came into God’s heart. His children hadn’t just broken one rule; they had broken God’s heart. They had broken their wonderful relationship with him. And now he knew everything else would break. God’s creation would start to unravel, and come undone, and go wrong. From now on everything would die — even though it was all supposed to last forever.

You see, sin had come into God’s perfect world. And it would never leave. God’s children would be always running away from him and hiding in the dark. Their hearts would break now, and never work properly again.

God couldn’t let his children live forever, not in such pain, not without him. There was only one way to protect them.

“You will have: to leave the garden now,” God told his childien, his eyes filling with tears. “This is no longer your true home, it’s not the place for you anymore.”

But before they left the garden, God made clothes for his children, to cover them. He gently clothed them and then he sent them away on a long, long journey — out of the garden, out of their home.

Well, in another story, it would all be over and that would have been …
The End.

But not in this Story.God loved his children too much to let the story end there. Even though he knew he would suffer, God had a plan — a magnificent dream. One day, he would get his children back. One day, he, would make the world their perfect home again. And one day, he would wipe away every tear from their eyes.You see, no matter what, in spite of everything, God would love his children — with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.

And though they would forget him, and run from him, deep in their hearts, God’s children would miss him, always, and long for him — lost children yearning for their home.

Before they left the garden; God whispered a promise to Adam and Eve: “It will not always be so! I will come to rescue you! And when I do, I’m going to do battle against the snake. I’ll get rid of the sin and the dark and the sadness you let in here. I’m coming back for you!”

And he would. One day, God himself would come.

Image 5 of 5Excerpted from The Jesus Storybook Bible, By Sally Lloyd-Jones, Illustrations by Jago, ©2006 ZonderKidz. .