“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. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
“At last!” the man exclaimed.
“This one is bone from my bone,
and flesh of my flesh!
She will be called ‘woman’,
Because she was taken from ‘man.’
This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Genesis 2:21-24
God created Adam and Eve as the perfect union. They were a gift to each other from God. When I read these verses and saw how excited Adam was to have Eve as his mate it made me ask myself why I take my marriage for granted. More often than not I tend to linger on the not so fabulous parts of marriage rather than lingering on the wonderful blessings of marriage. There are a hundred more blessings for every not so pretty part. More importantly, marriage is a gift from God. Just like the first union, so are our marriages, a beautiful gift.
I love these verses because it shows the intimacy between Adam and Eve. “Bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh” The tone here, to me, is endearing. “At last!”, Adam exclaims. This union is so powerful it “explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” It is a tender and beautiful union. Don’t you feel, after reading this, that Adam cherishes Eve? That is what we should do to one another. Cherish each other. While these are a few verses I think they speak directly to the heart of marriage. I am no expert on marriage and I have a long way to go, but starting here at the beginning of it all is a wonderful place to start.
Gracious God, help us to cherish each other as blessings from You. Help us to dwell on that blessing rather than the negative, which we sometimes tend to do. Thank You for loving us even when we forget to honor You. We ask that You remind us each day to bring glory to You through our relationships. In Jesus Name, Amen