Everything was good. Creation was good. Humanity's relationship with God was good. Animals and their habitats were good.
And in His goodness God gave us freedom of choice.
He said we could freely choose to live under His good and righteous reign or we could choose to eat from the one tree out of all the trees that He set apart.
Who knows how much time passed between the Good King's set up and the choice to be our own kings and queens. But the choice was made. Eyes were opened. Darkness and separation and sin and hiding and fig leaves and shame entered Eden. Turns out this was no longer so good.
This choice had a series of consequences.
And we all now stand on the broken side of Eden.
But (incredibly!), the Good King, several centuries later, gave us another choice. We could trade His death for our life. We could choose Him as King again. And that choice comes with gifts! Once we choose Him as King, we are given The Spirit of God inside of us with the power to help us continue to make choices.
His Spirit helps us choose humility in the face of pride.
His Spirit helps us choose gratitude in the face of bitterness.
His Spirit helps us choose laying down our life in the face of holding it tight.
His Spirit helps us choose love when all we want to do is hate.
His Spirit helps us choose peace in the face of worry and anxiety.
We can choose a rich life with the King.
What a gift.
What a God.
What a choice.