18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” 19 So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. 20 He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him.
21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
23 “At last!” the man exclaimed.
“This one is bone from my bone,
and flesh from my flesh!
She will be called ‘woman,’
because she was taken from ‘man.’”
24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
As he looked at the animals that God had brought to him, Adam must have felt very alone. As fascinating as elephants, giraffes, and lions were, there was something different about him. Did God really think they would be the companions he longed for?
Not for one minute! God was teaching him about his humanity. When Adam saw the woman God made, he knew immediately that she was what he had been waiting for!
We were made for relationships: for the intimate union of man and woman; for sacrificial, caring love in families; for the rich stimulation of friendships. We were made to talk and listen; to think deep thoughts; to create beauty together; and to work alongside each other as partners in the care of the earth. These are just a few dimensions of all that it means to be made in God’s image [Genesis 1:27].
What do you most appreciate about the way God created you? Take a moment to thank him for his good work.