Friday, July 1, 2011

Cultivate

Post written January 2009
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for man to be alone I will make him a helper suitable for him."
Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beast of the field. But for Adam there was no suitable helper found. Genesis 2:15, 18-20
How often does the Lord reveal a desire, sense of loss or incompleteness, within our own heart that He desires to satisfy BEFORE satisfying the desire or completing the task? Have you ever wondered why God declared, "it is not good for man to be alone," then gave Adam the task of naming ALL the animals, as if showing him his own incompleteness and need, as there was no suitable helper found? I have been thinking about this lately.
I don't want to presume too much for we do not know the mind of God. This post is purely speculative concerning the fascinating sequence of events documented in Genesis.
I believe sometimes God places within us a desire He is going to cultivate in His time and then opens our eyes to the need or desire before fulfilling it, so we might experience our human depravity and our inability to meet these desires and needs apart from God's divine intervention. I believe He desires for us to lay our hopes and dreams at His feet trusting in His declaration, "it is not good for man to be alone" and realizing that ONLY He has the power to fulfill our needs and desires that He himself has placed within us.
If you are struggling with infertility or a desire to be married. If you are suffering the loss of a beloved. If you are consumed with grief over the plight of the orphan or if God has given you a vision for your life that will not succeed without His divine intervention. God's desire for you is to surrender your needs to Him and wait for Him to take your need and cultivate something beautiful out of it.
God formed Adam out of the dust of the ground. He formed Eve from the rib of Adam. God took Adam's need and desire and turned it into something beautiful when He created Eve. He did all of this while Adam was sleeping. He did what Adam could not do and created something beautiful in His time and for His purpose. God brought completion to His creation by meeting the needs of a man. What needs does God desire to cultivate within you?
Pictures above: Me and my beloved on our wedding day.

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