"I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." Genesis 3:10
One of my favorite things to do when I was a kid was throwing a tennis ball against the brick wall of my house. Many times I thought I was Sandy Koufax pitching in the seventh game of the World Series. I used duct tape to make the strike zone, and I even piled up a little dirt for my pitcher’s mound. There was slight problem with that the brick wall, though...windows everywhere. Do I have to tell you the rest of this story? You probably guessed it by now. I reached back to throw the old Koufax curve, but the curve never happened. That tennis ball went right through the window and into the house. I remember running inside and hiding in my bedroom because my dad told me earlier that I better not break a window. What was I thinking? How was hiding in my bedroom going to help me? Why didn’t I go in and clean up the mess? Why didn’t I go right in and tell my dad that I was sorry? You probably guess that, too. I was scared. Genesis 3:8 says, “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees in the garden.” Why? Verse 10 says the man answered, “I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” He was definitely naked. He couldn’t hide physically from God, and he couldn’t hide his sin from God either. He was afraid because he knew he messed up. But instead of running to God, he ran from God. Instead of owning up to his sin, he tried to blame it on someone else. That's exactly what sin does to us. It separates us from the God who loves us, who can forgive us, and who can heal us. In those moments when we sin…those moments when we mess it up…our goal should be to run to God. Our goal should be to take ownership and responsibility for our sin…for our mess-ups. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” My dad found me in my bedroom that day. He asked me why I was hiding. I told him I was scared. He took my hand and walked with me back to the scene of the crime and said, “Let’s clean this up.” Have you thrown a tennis ball through the window? Are you hiding in the bedroom? Maybe not. But if you breath the same air I do, then I know you’ve sinned. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Are you running from God or running to Him?