It was funny that Eve knew what was happening to her body even thought it had never happened before. She knew in her heart that the Lord was giving her a baby. Was it the one He had promised that would make everything right again? She missed the closeness with Adam, there always seemed to be a tension between them. Whenever he was doing anything and Eve made any kind of suggestion he snapped at her. Yes since leaving the garden things were very different, very wrong. But maybe this baby would make things right.
The pains started slowly and they didn’t seems all that bad at first but by the time the day was ending Eve thought she was going to die. Finally, when she didn’t think she could stand the pain one more minute, there he was. He was so little and red and wiggly. She was glad she had decided to come to the lake to do this, she took the baby out into the water and washed him off. He was so sweet and helpless. Finally someone who needed her. Her heart was full again. She had to find Adam, maybe this would make things right between them.
The sweat covered Adam’s forehead. He had been pulling weeds all morning long. Those darn weeds grew stronger and taller and faster than anything in the garden that produced food. He sighed as he thought of how things used to be. As he turned around he saw Eve. He knew he needed to get over being mad at her but he just wasn’t there yet. Then he realized, it had happened. She was holding their baby. A warmth grew in Adam that he didn’t think he would ever feel again. A smile played on his face for the first time in a very long time. “Cain, that is his name.” Eve smiled at them and was happy once again.
However Eve did not stay happy for long. This baby took a lot of time and effort. It was always crying and wanting something. It seemed all her time was spent doing for him or Adam, there was never any time for her. As the child grew and began to be independent Adam started taking Cain along with him most of the day. At first it was fine with Eve that Adam was taking control of Cain but then a jealousy began in her heart. Adam had someone who loved him but what did Eve have. And that was when she realized there was to be another child. At first she was excited at the thought of having someone to love. Then she remembered the pain and began to tread the birth. Emotionally she was a mess, one minute she was excited and looking forward to the baby and the next she was dreading the work involved and the pain to come. It seemed like forever before Able was born but when she held him in her arms all the pain was forgotten and only joy filled her heart.