Once upon a time in a land far far away, there existed a beautiful garden clothed in glorious, riotous harmony. The two humans who lived there decided they wanted more, and they reached out and took it. The harmony fell discordant. Not only had these two humans introduced sin into their own beings, their own lives, but it affected everything around them.
In Genesis 3:17 (NIV) God tells Adam, “Cursed is the ground because of you.” The easy life was over. Thorns and thistles competed with food-bearing crops. Adam and Eve no longer lived in easy harmony with nature.
We still don’t, but it’s not creation’s fault. Lest it seems I’m anthropomorphising nature, let me point you to Romans 8:19: “For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.” (NIV) Read Romans 8:19-25 in The Voice version here.
Not only human’s were affected by the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden, and not only humans are affected by the reconciliation made possible through Jesus’ death on the cross. Creation continues to wait until Jesus returns and the circle is complete.