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Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 (NLT)

Have you ever taken something apart and tried to put it back together again? No matter how hard you try the parts just don’t seem to fit together. When you finally succeed (sort of) you have extra parts and no idea where to put them?

Or perhaps you’ve broken something of great value like a vase or plate. Try as you might you can’t seem to get it back together. Some of the parts are chipped. Some are badly splintered they no longer seem to go anywhere. You finally come to the realization that it will never be ‘back to original condition.

If you have ever had something like this happen then you have a small idea of how God felt in the Garden of Eden. He had just finished the greatest accomplishment of ‘his life’ so to speak. He’d created the universe and the planets and stars and other heavenly bodies of course, but none of that compared to the pride he felt looking at mankind. Adam and Eve were his most cherished creation.

Every night he’d visit the couple and walk through the garden with them. They’d ask him questions. He’d find out from them what new discoveries they’d made that day. I don’t think this was some stuffy, theology-laced discussion time. There was laughter. There was excitement. There was love.

Then tragedy struck. For whatever reason, as a result of the disobedience of his masterpiece creation, the relationship was destroyed. Did God want to lose his best friends? Of course not. Did he miss the walks in the garden, the camaraderie, the passion? You bet. Would he do anything at all to restore that relationship? Yep. In fact he did.

The Bible isn’t man’s story of sin, failure and destruction. The Bible is God’s story of his earnest desire to restore the relationship he once had with us. Some people read it as some owners manual or guide book. Others read it as some Theological journal or textbook. Others don’t read it at all because they don’t realize its true indent.

The mystery of our passionate relationship with God is that it’s easy enough for a toddler to understand and deep enough to confound the scholar. Try reading the Bible from God’s point of view. If you are new to the process get an easy to read version of the Bible like ‘The Message’ by Eugene Peterson. Start slow, just a chapter or so a day. Begin with the Gospels. Jesus tells us that if we want to learn about God the Father we need to learn about him first.

Before you read ask God to teach you something new for that day. Don’t just read it for answers or to prove someone right or wrong. Read it to discover that God, unlike stuffy, guilt-ridden religion, earnestly wants to restore a relationship with you that was lost years ago. He loves you. He loves you more than anything. You are worth it and the Bible is the story of his plan to get you back.

PRAYER: God, I still don’t always get it. You are so powerful and so mighty, yet you love me enough to spend all of history to try to bring me back to relationship with you. There are so many things I don’t understand about you, about myself, about life in general. Thank you for sending your letter, the Bible, to guide us in restoring our relationship with each other. Help me to read it with new understanding and appreciation. In Jesus name, Amen.

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