Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It Is Not Good That The Man Should Be Alone

With my wife away for the first large chunk of time since we were married last year, I have come to reflect on the passage below from yet another perspective.  Initially I has considered it from the perspective of a single man, yet to find a wife.  Now I am a married man who has grown to rely on the presence of his wife and who has had that comfort and warmth taken all of a sudden.

At least my lovely wife will be back from the funeral in South Africa in two weeks, and we can speak on the phone or communicate via email.  If I am feeling miserable without her now, how might I feel if I was permanently left alone without her?  Needless to say, I have been constantly praying for her safe return since her departure!

Interestingly, we have a little doggy to keep me company but, as cute and distracting as she is sometimes, she is no substitute for the fullness of a “helper fit for [me]” that is my wife.

It truly is such that I am lamenting the separation of my flesh by the geographical distance.

God’s word proves true once again, and there is a comfort in His eternal promises that pain is not forever for His children.

Genesis 2:18-24  Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him."  (19)  So out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.  (20)  The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.  (21)  So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.  (22)  And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.  (23)  Then the man said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."  (24)  Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.