We don't live in the world that we were meant to live in. When God created the world, it was without sin and everything was "good" in the eyes of God.
When I was in high school, I lived on the shoreline of Connecticut. Anyone who's spent a night on Connecticut's shore knows the stench that floats in the air as the tide goes out. Scientifically, the scent is caused by organisms that are left on shore by the tide dying and rotting. It's not pleasant.
Years ago, I was asked by a mentor, sitting in a diner, to look out the window and think about what the intersection that we were next to would look like had sin never touched it; had Eve never eaten the fruit and had Adam never given into passivity. I still think about that question every now and then. Whenever I think about it, I think back to those summer nights on the shoreline; think about the marshes without the stench of death looming over them.
Today, as you look out your window or on the drive home, ask yourself: "What would this spot look like if it were never touched by sin?"
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