“Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.” —Genesis 2:18
Walking the dog would be easier if there were no other people or domestic dogs on earth. Walking the dog would be trouble-free if Lexi could roam freely without danger or temptation. A world without any other dog-walkers, pedestrians, cyclists, or garbage trucks would be paradise. If it were only me and Lexi in the world! Walking with God might be easier if there were no other people on earth as well. There are many people who’ve blessed me on my journey, people who have been guides and encouragers. But there are so many people who have disappointed or frustrated or hurt me, too, people who have distracted me from God. And there are those who would knowingly lead me astray. It would be easier to stay on the straight and narrow path if there was nobody to sidetrack me or push me off the road. The Garden of Eden seems like paradise to me because Adam was alone (for a while—and look where Eve got him). If it were only me and Jesus in the world! Yet training Lexi to avoid temptations and distractions and to trust in me has deepened our bond. Learning to sidestep temptation and to put God before everyone else strengthens our relationship with God. Walking would be easier but not more rewarding.
Dear God, It’s hard to walk with you when others tempt me or distract me. Show me how. Amen