The High Calling

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The High Calling

"Then the LORD God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.'  Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.

The man said, 'This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.'” Gen. 2:18-23

It is the first thing ever declared "not good:" the man, alone.

As Gilda Rudner said, “Men don’t live well alone. They live like ... bears with furniture.”

Many of us can testify to this fact, having known our husbands both before we were married, and after, when we see the evidence every time we leave the house for a few hours. Man is inherently designed for relationship, being created in the image of a triune God Who has always existed in relationship. And so Adam was not left alone. Eve is fashioned specifically from him and for him. Which means, of course, that Eve is designed for relationship, too—indeed, never existed outside of it.

But the woman hasn’t been created only as Adam’s helper. God has a deeper purpose in mind. There’s something in His great heart which Adam could only have guessed at. Thank goodness there was, or we wouldn’t be here today! His next instructions to the people born yesterday is, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it …” Gen. 1:28.

Eve was created not just to add to man, but to allow him to multiply. Isn’t that amazing?

 Motherhood isn’t just something we do because we don’t know how to do anything else. It’s not something we’re to tuck in around the edges of our lives, attempting to fit it in wherever we can find room in day planners already crammed with “important stuff.” If God has graced our marriage with children, then motherhood is at the center of our very existence as women. We fulfill God’s design for our lives and find our true heartbeats as we nurture our children.

 Let’s celebrate motherhood, shall we? Let’s remind ourselves and the women in our lives—our neighbors, coworkers, sisters at church, and especially our daughters—that motherhood is a high calling; a lifelong journey of growing closer to God as He teaches us about His own heart as we guide and love and train and hold close the blessings He sends our way. There is much to learn. Let’s learn together!