Oh Monday. Oh dear. More coffee please.
I have some thoughts this morning I thought I would share. Thoughts I am still pondering and and tumbling over in my head.
Last week I started reading Captivating by Staci Eldredge. Apparently it’s a pretty popular book that has also been out quite a while, because my friends were shocked I had never read it. I’m picky about books. Even more, I’m picky about Christian Women books. That section of the bookstore tends to be like…K-love radio. Beth Moore…Chris Tomlin…same thing. I just can’t.
However, this book has caught my attention upon the first couple chapters alone. She begins by talking about the creation of the world and how God did something so magnificent in that He created man in His own image.
“It is nearing the end of the sixth day, the end of the Creator’s great labor, as Adam steps forth, the image of God, the triumph of His work…He is magnificent. Truly, the masterpiece seems complete. And yet the Master says that something is not good, not right. Something is missing…and that something is Eve.
’And the Lord God cast a deep slumber on the human, and he slept, and He took one of his ribs and closed over the flesh where it had been, and the Lord God built the rib He had taken from the human into a woman and He brought her to the human.” ( Gen. 2:21-23 )
She is the crescendo, the final, astonishing work of God. Woman…She is the Master’s finishing touch…Given the way creation unfolds, how it builds to ever higher and higher works of art, can there be any doubt that Eve is the crown of creation? Not an afterthought…She is God’s final touch…She fills a place in the world nothing and no one else can fill…And she, too, bears the image of God, but in a way that only the feminine can speak. What can we learn from her? God wanted to reveal something about himself, so He gave us Eve. When you are with a woman, ask yourself, what is she telling me about God?”
We are all created in the very image and likeness of God. We reveal His character and His heart. But I never thought about this in a way like this that described woman as the crescendo of creation…that it takes man and woman both to truly reflect the image of God. That there is something unique about women that reflects who God is. Something about her heart, something about her need for romance, and her longing to unveil beauty that reflects the very Creator Himself.
I’m still thinking about it.
I spent the weekend with some of my favorite girlfriends. One thing I DO know, is that they show me more of God’s heart every time I am with them.
Alright, it’s Monday, get busy! I need more coffee.