After Adam and Eve leave the garden, they started a family and began experiencing pain like they’d never known. One son killed another son and we can see clearly that the sin nature that was birthed in Adam and Eve was passed on to their children. It got worse from there. On page 8 of The Story, “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” Can you imagine the depravity? If left untethered, the human heart chooses evil all the time. Wow. The story goes on to say, “The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.” Apparently, what was very good was now very bad. That’s the Lower Story.
But the crazy thing is that in the midst of the disappointment and frustration and pain, God wants us back! Absolutely amazing! Isn’t that just like a parent? Love without conditions…rather, love beyond our actions. I am a bit blown away by that thought today.
Then God found one man that he would choose to rebuild upon. Noah found favor in God’s eyes and God chose him to be the salvation of the world. 40 days and nights of rain, flooded for 150 days after that. When the water finally subsided, the earth was not a place you wanted to live. Can you imagine the stench?
It’s right in the middle of the stench that God creates again. The Upper Story shows us that God wants us no matter how big of a mess we are in. No matter how foul the stench is, God wants to birth something new in us. This is not a God that sits and passively watches us, but a God that is involved in and cares about our daily lives…even when our daily lives look like a flood that’s about to destroy us!