I have often thought about Adam and Eve. I have studied their story and learned a lot from it. The first lesson I learned was that, Adam fell that men might be (2 Nephi 2:25). This concept didn’t really dawn on me until I was in my early twenties. That he fell for us.
But there was more to learn..
In studying this story I learned more about a fathers relationship with his children. Have you ever noticed how The Father reacts after Adam and Eve have partaken of the fruit and approach him? He doesn’t yell, or send them to their room, or make them feel idiotic for their choice. The Father kindly talks to them. He explains the consequence and he provides a way out and he is so, so kind.
I was watching a movie with my Grandma about Adam and Eve when my Grandma leaned over to me and whispered, “They always blame the woman.” This statement sent me on a study of why is this so…that they blame the woman. We like to think that Eve was tricked into eating the fruit but the truth of the matter was she had to weigh the options. She had been given a commandment to progress, to have chidlren, to learn good form evil but that could not happen in the Garden of Eden and so she made a deliberate, thought out, choice….so we could all come to Earth and progress. She was brave.
I think my next personal discovery..is my favorite.
I was listening to a mix of songs on Spotify. When a song played and socked me so hard in the heart I have yet to stop thinking about it.
When Creation was Young by Joy Williams I have linked it here if you want to listen. Music does this to me at times…does it do this to you too?
The line Adam Fell for Eve.
Adam Fell for Eve. Of course he fell for Eve and in this four word phrase is one of the best love stories of all time. I think even BETTER than Mr. Darcy. Which is saying quite a lot.
Can you imagine having to tell Adam that you ate the fruit and now you are going to be banished to this world of weeds and sweat and personal choice and heartache? (OK and also flowers, and songs, and sunsets and the beaches and trees and true love and belly laughs) I would be freaking out. But Adam just says, Eve I see that this must be…and he goes with her. He doesn’t leave her alone, he doesn’t tell her she is the biggest idiot…he GOES WITH HER. In that one decision he protects her and of course he FELL for Eve he had already fallen head over heels for her because he loved her so! I can’t stop thinking about this. I can’t stop thinking about how much he must have loved her, they were in it together.
Is that not the best lesson of all?
Adam fell for Eve.
I love it.