A thought from devotions:

Were we on the brink of being Satan’s eternal minions at the fall of man? God showed us mercy by sending us away from the garden. It was the most loving thing He could have done, and here’s why.

“Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever’–therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden…” (Genesis 3:22-23).

God sent us away from Eden so we couldn’t eat the fruit of eternal life. He didn’t want us to be perpetually living in condemnation like Satan, who also rebelled against God for the sake of self-exultation. With death came a chance to be redeemed (God’s strength being made perfect in our weakness). By preventing us from living forever, Christ was able to become part of man’s future. Otherwise, He couldn’t have died on the cross, and we couldn’t have been redeemed.

God always has a plan. I need to remember that, know matter how confusing life may be.