“Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. … The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.” Genesis 2:7, 15 (NLT)
Pause. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Imagine God forming your husband like a potter gently molds clay on the potter’s wheel. Imagine that God has you in mind as He is lovingly forming your husband.
Can you see the details of your husband? His hair. His eyes. His smile. His hands. His legs. His feet.
Watch God breathe life into your husband. His character. His values. His works. His love.
Are you smiling?
Now, think about God taking a part of your husband’s side to fashion you for your husband. God presents you to your husband, and he goes crazy. He is captivated by you. And God blesses the two of you.
You might say, “Nice, but they both ruined it when they disobeyed God.”
Yes, but God had a plan for that – Jesus.
Jesus would pay the price of that sin and every other sin in the world, so that Adam and Eve, you and your husband, and all others who turn from their sin and follow Jesus would enjoy the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Just as the Bible begins with a marriage, it ends with a marriage. Jesus is the Bridegroom, and the church is His bride.
God fashioned marriage as a beautiful gift – a picture of His love for us.
Throughout the Bible, God called Israel His wife, loving them with a divine and giving love.
“The LORD has appeared of old to me, [saying]:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Jeremiah 31:3 (NKJV)
It wasn’t easy for Adam and Eve after they disobeyed and were sent from the Garden of Eden, but they had God and each other.
It wasn’t easy for Israel when they went into exile because of their disobedience, but they had God and each other.
It isn’t easy for us when we face trials and trouble, but we have God and each other.
When I get caught up in the busyness of the day or in the struggles of this world, I see Keith differently. Sometimes, I think of work, cooking, laundry, dusting, or errands.
I want my day to start with a prayer to bless the love of my life. This week, I am challenging myself: before I get out of bed, I’m going to imagine God forming Keith and breathing life into him. I’m going to imagine God fashioning me from Keith’s side and presenting me to him. I’m going to rejoice when Keith shouts with joy.
Will you join me in this challenge?
Father, You formed man and woman so lovingly. Thank You for the gift of marriage. Help us to see our husbands through Your eyes. Help us to imagine Your gentle touch upon them. Thank You for molding us to please our husbands. Teach us to see them through Your eyes. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.