Today is your day of Change!
Who Is This Woman?” is a book that affirms a woman’s purpose in the earth. It confirms her as a part of God’s image and likeness and gives sound biblical teaching on the subject. It is written for any woman in the body of Christ who is looking to live a more fulfilled life as a citizen of God’s kingdom.
I’m All Alone
“Do you see that plant over there,” He said.
“I want you to make sure you prune its leaves once a day because it will grow very quickly. I don’t want it growing into the other tree’s space. The leaves look like they grow from the same tree, but if you look carefully and pay close attention, you will see where the branches begin and end. Come and touch it so you will know the difference between this plant’s leaves and the leaves from this other tree.”
I had been paying close attention to all that God was saying that morning. He had been giving me specific instructions on how to take care of the garden. It was so beautiful. There were so many colors and so many different plants. I knew the name to each and every one of
them too. I don’t know how I knew, I just did. This was our third day walking in the garden together. I am having such a great time with Him. I am so much like Him. I listen to how He talks and how He describes the trees and the bushes. He is so careful to step over the smallest plant and shrub. I can sense His love for everything that he has created in the garden. It is mesmerizing to watch how He handles every plant; His creation is so important to Him. God had been teaching me how to take care of everything in the garden and today was the last day that He would walk me through everything.
“Now that I have told you about every plant, I know that you can take care of everything in this garden. Take care of it and keep everything pruned. Give everything that I have created attention at least one time each day. “
As God was leaving the garden I was so excited about all that was before me. I could see His beauty so clearly conveyed in the many colors of the plants and trees. There were so many fruits and vegetables in the garden to eat that when I chose what to eat, it was always based on its shape. Today I was planning to pick all pieces of fruit and vegetables that were long and bright.
You know, everyday God comes to the garden to walk with me and share more of His secrets about His created masterpiece. I enjoy His company so much. But lately, it has become harder for me when He leaves. I have tried to busy myself with the pruning and the picking of the plants. I have even started picking extra vegetables from the garden just to watch more grow in its place. But to be honest, I have become lonely. I have started to realize that I don’t like being here by myself. It is hard to explain how I know His presence is always around me even after He leaves the garden. And even though I know that His presence is here, I feel like I am by myself when He leaves. I guess the other thing that I have been thinking is that He told me to do some things a while ago that I have not figured out how to do. Like this one fruitful and multiply thing. He told me to be fruitful and to multiply. He told me to subdue the earth and have dominion over all of these creatures that live among me. Some of the creatures I have seen don’t even live here in the garden but I have seen them walking past the outside of the garden during the day. If I go close enough to the garden’s borders, I can see all sorts of creatures. It really is amazing. Anyhow, I have been thinking really hard about how to follow through on this one thing God has said to me. Usually He will tell me something and I will know exactly how to perform it and how to go about getting it done. But nothing comes to mind about this request. And you know while I understand subduing and having dominion, I know that this kind of authority is somehow predicated upon being fruitful and multiplying. As I was walking the other day in the garden, you know past a tree in the east end, I started looking at its fruit. What God told me kept ringing over and over in my head. Me, being fruitful and multiplying – I just did not get it. I picked a piece of fruit from off of the tree and as I began eating it, I looked in its bushes and saw so many other pieces in its leaves. I mean as I began to really pay attention to its branches, fruit was hanging everywhere. It was healthy and great in number.
The particular piece that I was eating had a lot of color to it, so much that you could see its shine yards away. I kept walking past the trees until I came to the vegetables growing in the ground. I usually take the time to water them in the evening and as the sun began to set, I took a second look at the vines and realized that they had started to reproduce. Where there had been one vine, there were now four. And later, I looked again and there were 16 vines in its place. As it became clear to me what God had said I was to do, I became a little discouraged. Somehow I knew that He wasn’t talking about me growing more trees and plants. They were fruitful and consistently multiplying on their own. They didn’t need my help.
You know as I sit here thinking, I know that God is talking about me. Somehow there is supposed to be more of me in this garden. I know what subdue means and when He said it, there was more to it than me just keeping order in this garden or making sure the animals had all they needed.
Gosh, the sun is starting to set. I usually take strolls through the garden under the light of the moon but lately I have just sat under the trees in the garden gazing into God’s beautiful sky. I see so many things and begin to have so many ideas and then I begin to talk aloud rambling on as my thoughts pour from my mouth. Looking over my shoulder, I realize that no one is there. Maybe I am just so used to talking with God that I miss His Company during the night…
The other day I was working in the garden and God started bringing me some of the creatures that I had seen living outside of the garden. I am talking about gigantic animals as well as small colorful creatures. I was so amazed at the variety of color and endless genius displayed in His creation. Instantly, I was proud to be a part of His plan although for me, there was still a limit to my understanding of it.
“Adam, I want you to tell me what you think these animals should be doing. Then name them,” God spoke.
For the rest of the day I could see the animals in my mind living in their element from day to day. I could also see their strengths and their unique capabilities. By the end of the day I had most of them named and could tell what the others would be. As I turned to gather my dinner for the evening, something caught my attention that I don’t believe had ever been important to me before. In all of the time I spent in the garden, I had never focused in on this. Many of the animals were grouped together with other animals just like them. In all of the time that I had been in the garden I had never paid attention to the fact that there were always at least two of them. Some of the animals had little ones hanging around them and then at other times there would be a group of the same kind of animal lounging peacefully in the garden. I began to just stand there and watch this one kind interact. I called them primas because they were so complicated in their interactions with one another. They were the only animals that walked on two legs and that seemed to look at each other when communicating. The babies were cuddled
one of the bigger ones to eat. Seeing this made me smile. They had something. They were able to enjoy each other’s company. They had this kind of security when they were with each other. They really had some kind of relationship with each other… was this what I was missing?
This is a fictional account of Genesis 2:1 – 18.
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is right for him.”
Genesis 2:18 NCV
It always amazes me when I read this passage over again how in tune God was with His creation’s physical and spiritual needs. God is seen first as a Creator, but then here as He tends to Adam’s need, we see the loving Father come to the forefront and assess what his son is lacking. God sees that the garden is all sufficient in its service to man, but then while watching man, he is not all sufficient in serving the earth. One person can not do it alone. He will need help.
In the few verses that Genesis gives us about mankind’s beginning, there is much to understand. First, why would God make Adam (mankind) as one being but then later state that there was a problem with him not having a companion? Secondly, since God is all - knowing, couldn’t He just have made two people at once? And finally, why didn’t God go into more detail about the woman before He brought her to Adam? If that would have been done, then maybe we wouldn’t have so many problems with this whole “a woman’s worth” thing.