April 13, 2021
by: Gabriel Tseng

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband with her, and he ate. – Genesis 3:6

Looking back almost a year now, I remember staying home with my kids and wondering to myself, “this is like an extended summer vacation.” What had preceded this season was another long season of sojourning and waiting. I was in the middle of a sabbatical of sorts in which I was reforming and rethinking what God was wanting for me in the upcoming season. The season of wandering seems quite similar to being lost. I wasn’t sure where I was, and even when I became more sure, I wasn’t sure where God was leading. More complicated yet was discerning what I wanted and what God wanted. Sometimes we just don’t agree. As we began spending more time at home, it was clear that this season was to last a bit longer, quite a bit longer than I had thought. It was easy to despair and be angry at the moments in which I felt powerless, aimless, and passive. Life without purpose can spiral quickly into a mundane, dull sense of grey and depression. 

Genesis speaks to a husband watching his wife talk to a serpent and simply standing by passively. It provides so much thought on the interactions between men and women, but also on our role and relationship with the Lord. In perfect fellowship it seems, Adam idly sits by as Eve stumbles upon this beautiful fruit that she then gives to Adam. Without degenerating into the blame game, which follows as you read Genesis 3, God also instructs and teaches me that this passivity, this drifting along and going with the flow will not suffice. I seek to rely on the grace of God, but it is also a faith that has been given to me to keep on “faithing.” What it means to reject passivity and to embrace some of the adventure that God is leading me may certainly pull me out of my comfort zone, especially as many of us continue to stay safely tucked at home, waiting for life to return to “normal.” 

What it might look like for a faith to be active while we are still tucked away may look like an intentional and more thoughtful prayer life. A more reflective posture and a greater awareness of what God might be revealing to us. Adam maybe could have said to Eve gently, “maybe you shouldn’t talk with the serpent.” or “Let’s go take a walk somewhere else.” Perhaps just a bit of awareness of their hearts, perhaps a subtle attentiveness to one another, or perhaps a leaning out of their lives and needs, I wonder what an active relationship could have looked like in that situation. Even as we continue to be limited in so many ways, reject the comforting feeling of slipping into complacency or passivity, but to exercise our faith, lean deeper into the Lord, that we may even learn to cherish this season God has provided for us, in light of preparing us for the next. 

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