I’ve just read two novels with a common theme — children, who as adults find that the parents who raised them are not their birth parents, and they have not been given the full truth of their childhood stories. (if you’re interested in these books, the titles are The Tenth Muse and House on Endless Water). Because of such “hidden memories” these children never quite felt comfortable in their own skin; there was always a feeling that they didn’t belong, and they had difficulty establishing intimate relationships with others. They knew that something about their lives wasn’t quite right.
It occurs to me that all of us are like those characters. If sin is part of our DNA, so it the memory of Eden–the memory of our true Father and the perfect relationship with Him we once enjoyed. Saint Augustine said it like this:
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”
The author of Hebrews says this about the many faithful followers who have gone before us:
We’re out of place because we’ve lost our home. We have problems with our relationships because the most important one was broken. Yet the memory and the longing for life in Eden and that perfect relationship is still with us Unlike the characters in the novels I read, we are fortunate because we do have an accurate record of our beginnings– the Bible. It isn’t a mystery we have to solve, it’s a truth to which we can cling. Through faith and the sacrifice of our brother, Jesus, we can have a restored relationship with our Father, and a firm hope in our future return to life with Him.
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God'”. Revelation 21:3
For more on the Garden of Eden see these posts: