In the beginning ... a beautiful love story. The story of God who desired to add the finishing touch to His creation, and to create man, made in His own image. Made to have relationship, to live in close intimacy together with Him. Made to be fully capable of love, for God is Love.
"Then God said,
'Let us make human beings in our image,
to be like us.'"
And, though man was formed to have relationship with his Creator, God also desired for man to have deep intimate relationship with his own kind.
"It is not good for the man to be alone.
I will make a helper who is just right for him."
So, out of the deep part of man, God formed a helper, a companion, who would be just right for him.
"While the man slept
the Lord God took out one of the man's ribs
and closed up the opening.
Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib,
and He brought her to the man."
And the first woman came to be ... taken from man, created to be the closest of all human relationships.
"'At last!' the man exclaimed.
'This one is bone from my bone,
and flesh from my flesh!
She will be called woman,
because she was taken from man.'"
The two, man and woman, became united as one. Not a oneness created by their own efforts, but a oneness fashioned by their Creator.
"This explains why a man leaves his father and mother
and is joined to his wife,
and the two are united into one."
And this is the story of love, the love between God and the humans that He created, and of the love He created between man and woman.
The entrance of sin into the perfect garden brought real threats to this oneness of love between God and the humans He created, and also between the love of man and woman. But because God is love He set a plan in place to send His Son to redeem, and to rescue. To bring back love.
As we look to the One who is Love, and as we pursue this deepest of all relationships with our Creator, we can be restored to what we were created for. Made in the image of God for love relationship ... with Him, and also together as husband and wife.
Thanking God this Valentines week for the gift of my husband - created in His image, created for love. Thanking Him for the priceless gift of a husband who seeks after his Creator, and who seeks to love me as he himself is loved by God. A relationship based on and held together by His grace and mercy, for we are nothing without Him. All a gift from God, created by Him, to reflect His Love.
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I love the photo above, taken last week while my sweet hubby and I spent three wonderful, memorable days together on the Atlantic coast. Pulling away from the busyness of life, to rest, and to be refreshed by our Creator, and as husband and wife. One of my favorite photos from our time away together ... my husband, connecting deeply with God in prayer as a new day begins.
There are multiple topics that I write about, and I will be adding one more category to my growing list of topics. As time permits, and as ideas come to me, I hope to write occasionally on the topic of marriage. On the joy of being one heart as husband and wife, created to be a reflection of His Love.