WHERE ARE YOU?

WHERE ARE YOU?

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
Genesis 1:8-10
---
Notice that from the beginning, when God comes, He asks questions. He is the one pursuing answers.
“Where are you?”
The question assumes vulnerability is in order. He is seeking naked truth. He is asking us to be as vulnerable as He was in creating us in the first place. He is looking for us because He longs for us to be with Him even as He is with us, for us to know His delight with us which is present at all times, even in the presence of other things He may simultaneously feel. He is not asking the couple their whereabouts to acquire their geographic location, nor simply information about the state of their souls. His question is a means of connecting. He is not inviting them into a place of vulnerability merely for vulnerability’s sake. Rather, vulnerability is the state we must pass through in order to deepen our connection with God and others, given our condition. There is no other way.
-Curt Thompson
Book excerpt: The Soul of Shame