I’m excited to introduce you to my friend, Robin.
Robin Jones Gunn is an award-winning storyteller, the much loved author of the popular Christy Miller series for teens and Sisterchicks® novels as well as non-fiction favorites such as Victim of Grace: When God’s Goodness Prevails. Robin and her hubby live in Hawaii where she writes from her lanai, sipping iced tea with a fresh slice of pineapple. What? Me? Jealous?
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I asked Robin if she’d share an excerpt from her book, Victim of Grace. She said “Yes.” Thanks, Robin!
Something happened on that day of catastrophic loss when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God.Something happened on that day of catastrophic loss when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God. Click To Tweet
Something that draws the rest of us in generation after generation with a gasp of hope.
While Adam and Eve were in hiding, fearful and ashamed, they “heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the evening.” He made Himself accessible. No lightning bolt struck them from the heavens. No invisible hand reached down and choked their last breath from them.
Instead, the Lord God came looking for them, seeking to restore what had been demolished.
Adam and Eve were about to become the first victims of grace.
Grace; verb, love that you do not deserve.
What did it sound like when the Lord God walked in the garden?
Were His footsteps heavy and earth pounding? Or was the sound of the Lord God more like a telling breeze? A rushing wind that set the birds to singing and the leaves of the trees to clapping their hands.
Did He come with a gentle rain to wash away all that was soiled?
Whatever God sounded like when He walked in the garden in the cool of the evening, Eve knew the sound. She knew it was God. It was not a deer or a rabbit or any other created being. It was God and God alone. And He was coming for her.
God called out, “Where are you?”
Eve was the first woman to hear the cry of the Relentless Lover.Eve was the first woman to hear the cry of the Relentless Lover. Click To Tweet
From that ancient moment until this very day Father God has not stopped calling out to each of us.
God comes walking in the garden of our hearts, pursuing us, making Himself accessible and inviting us to come out of hiding.
Why does He continue to pursue us when all we do is disobey? I believe it’s because we are His first love and He wants us back.
Did you catch that?
God doesn’t want to get us back in a vengeful way. He wants to get us back. Us. His sons and daughters.
God did not demolish Adam and Eve even though they had broken their relationship with Him. He did not wipe them off the face of the earth or ignore them or leave them in their terror and misery.
He came to them. He invited them to come out of hiding.
In this first expression of an extraordinary and extravagant outpouring of grace, God established through their lives the theme of His Book: Everything is redeemable.
Do we still believe that today? Every life can be ransomed.
That which was destroyed can be restored. Everything is Redeemable.That which was destroyed can be restored. Everything is Redeemable. Click To Tweet
To read more from Robin, pick up a copy of her book, Victim of Grace: When God’s Goodness Prevails, here.
A priceless gift, indeed.
Good to see you here, Shirley. And good to hear from you.