Friday, September 22, 2006

The Missing Piece

Genesis 2:21-24 (New Living Translation)
New Living Translation (NLT)
Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers.
21So the LORD God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep. He took one of Adam's ribs and closed up the place from which he had taken it. 22Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib and brought her to Adam.
23"At last!" Adam exclaimed. "She is part of my own flesh and bone! She will be called `woman,' because she was taken out of a man." 24This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

Eve was created from Adam's rib. When Adam and Eve came together, they completed one another; there was part of him missing until they became one.

God uses the relationship of husband and wife to describe Christ and the Church. If Adam was incomplete without Eve, could it be that God is incomplete without us? Did he take part of himself and place it in us when he created us in his image and does that mean that there is not only a God shaped vacuum in man, but also a man shaped vacuum in God? Is that the love story of all time; God's longing for us; making himself vulnerable and needy of us; not of our praise, but of our heartfelt love? A love that really doesn't need the beloved one, wouldn't make much sense after all.

Dear Lord, you pursue us and woo us to yourself, showering us with gifts of love. Your love is so extravagant and sacrificial. Help me to love like that.

John 17:21-22 (New Living Translation)
New Living Translation (NLT)
Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers.
21My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father--that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.
22"I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are--

2 comments:

Cardinella said...

If you consider the difference between need and desire, then God's love for us becomes even more awesome. That is, he does not need us but desires us even with our frailties and lowliness. He created out of desire, not because he needed to. It's a distinction that's important, because then you do veer into territory depicting God as somehow not quite complete. In our own lives, human relationships complete us because we are able to recognize ourselves in the other. But with God, I see it as a different aspect -- in the light of human relationships, the fact that God would stoop to love us, that he would come down to us as a human, even though we are so far from his level, if you like, that it makes the offer of love just that much more incredible, unbelievable even.

Belinda said...

Thanks Cardinella, I appreciate and agree with that input. Thank you for sharing your view on the distinction between need and desire which in no way diminishes the wonder of God's love for us.