God longs for close encounters with you, but God equally longs for you to connect with others. The first negative statement uttered in Scripture comes from the lips of God while observing this fundamental truth, “It is not good for man to be alone.” What happens next cements God’s commitment for us to share in meaningful relationships with others. The second chapter of Genesis ends with this stunning statement, “Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.”
We were created to connect with others, but because of shame our default is to disconnect.
God longs for close encounters. Look no further than Genesis 2 if you don’t believe me. It’s an awkward scene for some of us. There, in this bare garden before any plant has sprung from the ground, God is creating the first human being, Adam. The story is told in such a way that it doesn’t require much imagination for us to envision God’s hands dirty from scooping up mounds of dirt in order to sculpt out every last detail of creation’s pinnacle. Can’t you see him stepping back, admiring what’s been made, and then taking one last breath before placing his mouth on Adam’s and breathing into him what’s called the breath of life? Now that’s a close encounter!
We were created for connection, but our default is disconnection.