(…continued from last post)
Now, the rib was straightened and stretched, but it was too thin. Too narrow – compared to the man. So, what did God do next?
(3) He EXPANDED her.
Adam and Eve were meant to subdue and rule over the earth – which included all the birds, animals, plants. It would require vast knowledge and diverse skills to rule and control. So,
He removed the narrow-mindedness.
He broadened her limited way of thinking.
He enlarged her small mentality.
He sharpened her myopic sight.
He increased her shallow knowledge.
Before then, she was too consumed in her own small world of Me, Myself and I – thinking and seeing from just her own perspective. Even when she ventured out of that world, it was to hang around the same kind of people who continually reinforced the false sense of smallness she felt on the inside.
God had to take her beyond her walls, environment, and experiences – and let her know there was a bigger world beyond her own – and she was meant to ‘take dominion.’
He brought her into contact with people who made her see and imagine bigger – and beyond her world.
Suddenly, Eve was dreaming of things she had never known.
She also began believing for things she had known – but was too afraid to hope for.
She began to do things she didn’t believe she could do.
It began inwardly before it manifested outwardly.
Of course, we know the original Eve was perfect – but you understand what I am driving at.
God expanded that narrow bone – and transformed it into a ‘made’ woman that would partner with a man to ‘have dominion’ over all of creation.
(4) He SHAPED her.
When you shape something from a mass, you give it a form. You give it definition. You give it distinction. You give it limits.
It is clear. There is no ambiguity or confusion about what it is.
Why is this important?
Because with expansion comes excess – and to be suitable for her Adam and their purpose, God had to remove that excess.
Eve had to be clearly defined about her purpose.
Let me get a bit more practical.
Let’s say, as an Eve, God has blessed you with an amazing musical gift. He has also expanded you and broadened your horizon – and you have learnt a lot, developed yourself, met artistes of various genres, maybe even gone round the world.
Except you have a clear sense of definition about your purpose, there will always be the temptation to make your music appealing to everyone. So, you might ‘water it down’ so it doesn’t sound too spiritual, or hang out with other artistes in ungodly settings – even though you don’t indulge in their vices – so you wouldn’t seem too ‘religious.’
As an Eve being prepared by God, He will work on you and clearly defined you. He will give you ‘distinction.’ He will give you ‘limits.’ Everyone who meets you will know what you stand for.
More than that, He will remove the excess that is not necessary for your Adam and your purpose:
Your shape will become similar to your Adam’s.
If the man God is preparing you for has been called into the mission field, your love for long weaves and blinging jewellery might be removed or toned down by God – whereas it would be perfectly fine for another musical Eve whose Adam is a minister in the city.
Do you understand?
(5) Finally, God COVERED her.
Eve was made out of bone – unlike Adam who was made of dust. Yet, God didn’t leave her as a ‘bony’ being. (Imagine bone and flesh hugging…ugh.)
Instead, God gave her a covering that complemented the man’s. It was similar to his, yet different – so their coming together could be easy and beautiful for both of them:
-Similar bodies, yet different where it mattered for recreation.
-Similar interests, yet different where it mattered for the purpose of fulfilment of purpose.
-Similar values, yet different temperaments for building a family.
-Similar vision, yet different skills for perfect execution.
It was that similar-yet-different covering that attracted Adam.
She didn’t have to openly flaunt her ‘toughness’. (Adam would find out soon enough! :D) Neither did she publicly carry a ‘you-don’t-know-the-process-I’ve-been-through’ attitude…
…And neither should you.
Two points that struck me throughout the study are:
(1)During this period of making, Eve Was Alone With God. Which means that, to be the Eve He intended you to be, God will take you into the Secret Place.
(2)Now this, for me, is the most beautiful part of this whole process:
Despite all the bending…and stretching…and expanding…and shaping,
The Rib Did Not Break.
Again, The Rib Did Not Break.
One, the Creator’s hands on it – in the Secret Place – caused it to be malleable. He didn’t need external tools to chisel her into shape. His hands – alone – made her yielded.
Two, unlike Adam – who was made from dust – Eve was made from bone.
She was already configured to be strong.
When God is working on you to prepare you for purpose – as an Eve – allow Him. It might sometimes feel too uncomfortable or too painful, but just let Him.
Trust me, you won’t break.
You were made just right for the process.