The theme of this year’s Answers for Women conference is Discern: Engaging the Culture with Wisdom and Grace. As I explained in my earlier post on the conference, discernment is lacking in the church today. We have designed this conference to equip women to “[speak] the truth in love” and avoid being “tossed to and fro . . . with every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14–15).
I am very pleased that this year we will have a wonderful drama presented on Friday evening by Vickie Gaynier. Vickie works in Guest Services at the Creation Museum, and she has become a real favorite among attendees at the Answers for Women conferences. In the past she has performed as Corrie ten Boom and as Jessie, a Titanic survivor. This year she will be performing a new drama as Eve. Here’s what Vickie had to say about the performance:
When I heard that the subject for the AiG women’s conference was on discernment, it was Eve that came to mind. She is one of the women that I would love to sit down and have a woman-to-woman talk with. She is the woman that I feel has learned discernment the hard way. So for the past year I have studied her in the scriptures. I have tried to place myself in her “sandals." I have tried to understand what exactly was going on in her mind and in her heart. As with each of the women that I have portrayed over the years, I have grown to love Eve.
I have started to look at her as not just the woman who gave her husband the fruit that would send the world into a tailspin but as a woman created by God to love Him and serve Him. Yes, that day when she stood before the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, she began [trusting] in her own reasoning. She carried on a conversation with the Serpent who Satan was using to tempt her to tempt her husband. In her attempt to reason with the serpent, she lessened the Word of God and even added to His Word. It opened the door and she began to desire the fruit that was beautiful to look at, the fruit that looked good to eat, the fruit that would make her wise like God. She listened to the lies of the serpent and reached out for that forbidden fruit. Then she gave to her husband and he did eat and the world was turned upside down. For generations to come the account of what took place in the garden that day would be passed down to Eve’s children and their children.
I often wonder, did she tell the story to her children that they might not fall for the lies of Satan? Did her children come to her to ask her what it was like before they fell in that beautiful paradise, the Garden of Eden, that they called home for such a short time? She is a woman who I believe came to understand that God is a God of His Word. She did hear, on that day when God pronounced the curses on all involved, a ray of hope. It was one sentence. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15) There is where I believe her focus was for the rest of her life. She was a woman who saw the Lord God’s mercy and love even though she and her husband had failed Him. You can almost hear the joy in her voice when she has her firstborn son. “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord” (Genesis 4:1, ESV). Did she pass that hope down to her children as she encouraged them to follow after the Lord? I read this from a dear friend in Zambia, “How good it is to have a hope beyond the grave, centered on Christ, His finished work at the cross and His present acceptance at the right hand of God!” (Hebrews 6:17–19). Eve’s hope was in the One who would come some 4,000 years later.
So many questions that I would like to ask her, but I suppose that I will have to wait until heaven to hear the answers from her. I am going to try to portray Eve as best that I can according to God’s Word. I am excited and yet frightened by the task, but I pray that your hearts will be encouraged as we together witness the life of this first woman named Eve who learned so much of the Lord her God and His love for her.
I encourage you to register soon, and remember the price includes a two-day Creation Museum admission for attendee, husband, and children. We’ve also added a poster, bulletin insert, and video promo on the event website that can be downloaded to advertise the conference at your church.
Keep fighting the good fight of the faith!