Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Solitaire

We all feel alone at one point in our life. We all feel as if we give and give until it hurts, and there's no one to give back. At some point we all feel as if no one around us cares for us as deeply as we care for them.

But it just ain't so. God created us in His image--and God is not a solitary Being. He is the consummate example of sociability: He is Three in One. Bearing His image, we also are not designed to be alone. We are designed to be surrounded  by other people bearing His image; we are designed to have communion with Him and with others.

In Genesis 2, Adam finds out for himself just how alone he really was, since he actually was the "last man on earth." Of course, God knew this, and He also knew how something made in His image could not exist on his own. But, obstinate to the last, the first man on earth had to find out for himself how disappointing and painful it is to also be the last man on earth. And so he went along, naming each animal, and thereby discovered how utterly different and, in fact, superior he was to every other species currently living on the earth. ("Let's see, this one is a 'mosquito', and this is a 'cow,' and this, ooooh, this! This I'll call a 'platypus.' 'Platypus, platypus, platypus.' It just rolls off the tongue.") But nothing could be a suitable "help-meet" for poor old Adam here.

After this epiphany of Adam's, God uses supernatural anesthesia to knock Adam into a "deep sleep," takes a chunk out of his rib, stitches him back up, and forms Eve. It's perfect, because now Adam doesn't have to fill his days coming up with more animal names that just roll off the tongue (although I've always thought he hit a real winner when he named the platypus).

Ok, ok, Tessa, that's great. I thought this series was about Promises.

You're absolutely right, devil's-advocate paragraph! The promises I have found in here (a) God knows our needs even before we do, and will go to great lengths to help us recognize them so He can meet them, and (b) we never have to be alone. (Oh, of all the corny ways to phrase that. meh.)

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28

"Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone." Or something to that effect. Know this: as long as you love God, you will never weep alone. And not only because God is our ultimate comforter, etc., because we all know sometimes that just doesn't cut it for us. We may as well admit it: we all fail in our faith and we all need someone in the flesh to get us through really rough places in our life. God knows this. He knows our fallen state and He knows about all these raging emotions that tear you up and you just don't even know what to do and God seems so distant and you're so alone and no one around seems to be able to help.

God will bring someone. His eye is on the sparrow, how much more is it on you? He created an entirely new being just for Adam, and as God's children, do you think He would be willing to do any less for us? And if He does not send someone in the flesh, He will draw you closer to Himself. God knows what is best for you.

...for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Hebrews 13:5

And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is perfected in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9

You never have to be alone. Promise.

2 comments:

  1. This is beautiful. Can I please link to this post on my blog?

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