Do you ever wonder what the Garden of Eden was like? I had that thought as we gazed at hundreds of pink flamingos, white pelicans, and cormorants at Lake Nakuru, Kenya. It was early morning – so peaceful, so quiet.
Nearby were a herd of zebra, several white rhinos grazing.
Zebra and water buffalo….
side by side…grazing in the same field….
just getting on with life….
The scene made me long for the reality of a world without sin, or decay, or death.
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it,in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
24For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. Romans 8:21-25, NASB
What kinds of things make you long for the hope that we do not see?