As an artist, I often find inspiration in the things God made. The beauty and detail in the tiniest things, including bugs and spiders, snakes and rocks simply amaze me in the intricacies of their form and function. A lot of what is in nature goes to the root of my love of design. I have always seen God as a designer. The ultimate artist, who gave us all the elements of art and placed the ember of oneness with that part of himself into us, who love to make, create, design, draw, photogragh and paint.. or by any other means to imagine something and make it
become visual, useful or decorative. I see anyone who is able to take an element and coax it into something else as an artist. Even the gardener who plants seeds, can use the plants as a color palette. And there are few things so beautiful as a hillside or meadow covered in only one lovely flower or grass. The wood beams of a house, the steel beams of a super structure, the girders and cables of a bridge - all are beautiful to me. And the persons who use the materials to make them into something new and wonderful are all artists. Within each one is a bit of God’s character, innate, because God chose to create man in his own image.
For in the image of God He made man. Gen 9:6
One day as I was contemplating how close to God I sometimes felt when I was in “creation mode,” I wondered about what the scripture said, specifically, about the phrase, “He made.” I thought when I began to search that I would find a set of verses that would inspire me by the descriptions of the grandness of the things God made. I supposed I would use them as a guide to praise the Lord. Wow was I surprised.
In only the second chapter of the book of Genesis, was the first time the phrase popped up. I was so surprised to see what was on the mind of God when this phrase about “designing something” first appeared, that I cried instantly. It was like a huge hug from God. He was thinking about how to make a woman.
Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. Genesis 2:22
God was contemplating a gift for man, someone who would complete him, complement him, and balance him and make that union productive. This design was to become a helper in “man”’s” life, but also be a mate for life – two very powerful concepts. He wanted her to be a beautiful design that the man would genuinely love. I could go extremely deep into this concept, because in this verse is established a truth, about the loneliness of God. When God made woman he was instilling in her the traits of his own eventual wife – THE CHURCH. In every way parallels can be made through out scripture to the love of God for his people, and how he longs for that love in return.
Knowing this, and all the verses that lead up to the proof of that truth, I was awash with amazement. In those two words were the value of a woman in God’s mind. HE MADE > WOMAN!!!! We, not man, were made in the image of what God imagined would complete himself. Man in his own image, woman in the image of what God wished a lifetime companion should be. WE were designed in a special way. Different than all other beings on earth! Designed from the rib of man. In essence, God started with his own image, from which man was made, and then he added to that a uniqueness, things that God longed for in his own mate.
Women, have you ever doubted your value in life, your place in the love of God? My understanding was totally reinforced, in the moment I came upon this verse, that as a woman, I am precious in the eyes of God.
Sometimes we become so overwhelmed with holding our own in a “mans” world, we forget to celebrate and pursue with proper ferver, just being women. I know I have been lost a time or two, understanding how I fit. But I was MADE for exactly that – to fit. I am one of those unique puzzle pieces that God is fond of making. I am most often the opposite of my husband, but I was meant to be opposite in such a way as to complement him, complete him, balance him, help him. Not his crutch, but his flagpole. Strong in the wind, firmly standing where I am placed, supportive even in the storms of life, always there when he is up, or he is down.
As the Lord spoke specifically to my heart, I thought, "How often have you ever seen a flagpole and thought how worn out the pole looked?" No, we often see tattered flags and think, "My goodness how tattered that old flag looks." Statistically, women out-live men, and we must be ready if that time comes to stand alone. It would seem that without the flag, the pole is useless. But think about it. Even with the flag gone, the pole is still a stantion whose purpose is to fly an emblem. And there may come a time when we stand only to fly the invisible flag of God.
I was designed that way. Made for a purpose. Designed as a gift, from a definite thought process, to uphold and support someone I love, but not by giving myself away. Rather, made to be powerful as the person God made me to be. The Bible concept of women is much different than that of the world. And therein lies the majority of our conflict in life. But focusing on what God thought of me, helps me stand tall, and strong. I am praising God for giving me more than just his love of design, but by designing me, he gave me power, purpose, and promise. He MADE ME by his own hands, thoughtfully, craftily, artfully, designed me to be a WOMAN. I still am basking in the joy of it!
THANK YOU DEAR FATHER! Praise and Honor to You, who spoke a universe into existence saying:"Let there be…" but YOU paused to actually MAKE ME. Much love.
Please help a woman who is struggling today, with a sense of pupose, of value, of place, of her future. Where ever sheis help her know the place she holds in your heart. Then for every man who reads, may he realize that if you found extra value in making women unique, than may they find a respect and honor for that uniqueness as well. May he see the blessing the woman meant for him truly is. AMEN
(Nowhere in the above did I mean to infer that God didn't design all the things he made. But the scripture itself takes pause to bless us with how God lovingly designed woman, so we should take note. And technically, the mate God invisioned in the church is the BRIDE OF CHRIST. The Israelite people, and the Nation of Jews are also frequently portrayed as a wife. But to keep it simple I used the term God in as the Godhead.)
For futher study on the verses with "HE MADE":
Gen 21:6 And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.”
1 Chronicles 16:26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens.
Psalm 111:4 He has made His wonderful works to be remembered.
Luke 11:40 New King James Version (NKJV) Foolish ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also?
MATTHEW 14:36 And as many as touched it were made perfectly well. (see week 9 of the Wholly Healing series.)