How much better it would be for all of us if we would follow God's plan right from the start! Yet the story continues beyond the point of our disobedience, as the Lord forgives and reworks His plan to include us according to the new circumstances. This should encourage us, a reminder that He welcomes us back when we stray away from Him. Since we do all stray, we all need His forgiveness at times. Knowing that He welcomes the return of others invites us to return to Him also when we stray away from the plan He had prepared for us.