Have you ever wondered how Adam and Eve felt after their big oops moment in the Garden? I mean, after they played the finger pointing game. It was Your fault, God – you gave me this woman. It was the serpent’s fault, God – it deceived me. Sigh. When did the magnitude of their sin hit them? Did they wish they could go back again and have a do-over? Knowing what they knew, would they eat that fruit again or run away screaming? Or would the deliciousness of their first taste beckon them back to the tree?
And then I wondered, how might things have turned out if they had fallen down on their faces and begged for forgiveness instead of hiding? But pointing fingers is more in our nature than true repentance, sadly.
These were the questions in my mind when I began my short story Shadow Play. As you read the story, you’ll notice a lot of Genesis 3 references. Eve (Evie), the death of joy, the tree, the serpent’s whispers, and at the very end, the forgiveness God’s offers through His Son.
In the first draft of the story, I had Evie travel back through time to the moment of her fateful decision. In the original version, she ran away instead of making the same choice again. But reading the story written with that ending didn’t sit right with anyone who read it (including me) because God doesn’t give us do-overs. He doesn’t send us back in time to choose again. He wipes away our mistakes and gives us a clean slate through forgiveness, not forgetting.
And aren’t you glad? If we forgot, we’d be plagued to make the same mistakes over and over like some sort of never-ending loop. (Hmm, maybe that’s a good premise for a story…) Forgiveness allows us to move on with life instead of reliving the same mistakes again and again. (Hopefully).
I posed the question on Facebook, “if Eve was given a do-over, would she eat the fruit again?” In the opinion of my Facebook friends who answered, it would only have been a matter of time until Adam and Eve would have sinned again. Our memories are short like that.
Ready to read Shadow Play? You can it at this link: http://www.familyfiction.com/short-stories/the-story-2014-contest/shadow-play/
I’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you like it, please press the green thumb at the bottom to cast your vote for it. You can read the other stories and vote for as many as you like. I won’t know until early May if my story has won anything, but just getting it to where it is now so I can share it and have people vote for it seems like a win to me. :)
Now, dear friends, your thoughts on Adam and Eve? If they had a do-over, would they make the same mistake again?