God’s Great Idea

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Though “Adam At the Office” is humorous, it’s not at all accurate (see previous post).  When you read the story of Creation from the Bible, you see something a little different. No Adam coming to God with a pity party, begging God to fix his need. No, God was the one who saw the need first and filled the void without even being asked.  In fact, for all we know, Adam may not have noticed how bad he had it! God, however, sees everything – what the need is now and what the need will be in the future. With a little creativity and supernatural insight, God set in the “big fix.”

Let’s take a look at Genesis 2:18-24: And the Lord said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him. Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept, and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said, “This in now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:19-24).

Notice that God was the one who did all the work. Adam didn’t have a say in how the problem was to be solved. In fact, God didn’t want Adam’s hands anywhere near the process. Being human, Adam would have messed up the whole thing. He wouldn’t have received the best solution from an all-knowing God. God saw how valuable marriage would be and wanted—in the end—to declare that it was “good.” The issue was worthy of His attention and creation.  It was His idea!

 

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Adam at the Office

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Ever felt like Adam?  Like you just can’t take the singleness anymore?  This story is for you!

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Adam pushed the elevator button. Tenth floor, all the way to the top. The door opened to an empty elevator cage.

Good, thought Adam, I’m not in the mood for chit-chat right now.

As the door closed and the elevator made its ascent, Adam glanced at his watch and cringed. This meeting had better be quick. He had one hour before he had to get back to the estate and care for his menagerie of fowl. Not a bad job…but alone it was more than he could handle.

The elevator came to a smooth halt outside his landlord’s office. Adam straightened his tie before the long mirror in the hall. A quick look said “good enough.” He raised his hand and knocked.

“Come in.”

Adam entered, putting on his best serious, yet professional, demeanor.

“Adam!” God’s face broke into a smile as He stood to give Adam a firm hand clasp. “What brings you here? How’s the estate?”

“About that…” Adam cleared his throat. “We need to talk.”

God, concerned, sat down behind His well-polished, organized desk. “What is it?”

“I appreciate my inheritance and all. Extremely generous of you.” Adam swung his laptop onto the desk. “But it’s too much! I spend hours caring for the gardens and animals, not to mention the house…then there’s the paperwork. I’m no administrator! And have you ever tried to talk to a pregnant elephant? I don’t have the touch! They’re so—so emotional!”

Adam opened his laptop, displaying his long to-do list. “Housework and flowers aren’t my thing. And besides,” he continued, “it’s lonely out there. How am I supposed to communicate with crocodiles on my level? All they care about is their daily meals.” He tugged at his tie. “Really, God, I’ve just about had all I can take!

Down came the computer screen. Adam shoved the laptop into the bag and sank back against his chair.

“But, Adam, the last time you talked, you liked the estate.”

“I do! Just not…alone.”

At the word “alone,” God relaxed in his chair and rubbed His jaw thoughtfully. “Alone?”

“Yes, alone.”

God had never considered thousands of acres of land and hundreds of animal species as being “alone.” It seemed more like entertaining company…until He thought about the messes being made, the nudging for extra attention, and the sweaty yard work with accompanying grass stains.

“Tell you what, Adam, I’ll give it some thought. Surely you can resolve this somehow.”

Adam sighed. “Thank you. The sooner the better.”

God saw Adam to the door. He hated to see his prized tenant so distraught. Adam had never complained before, so surely this was a sincere request. He had to put some deep thought into this issue. Heaven knew He hadn’t seen this one coming.

Behind His desk once more, God pulled out a stack of files. Surely He had some notes on relationships….

 

 

I’ll Find Him With You

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I wrote this song in 2006, and got married in 2013.  Was the the eleven-year wait easy?  No.  Sometimes I felt like giving up and settling for second best.  Sometimes I didn’t want to put my energies into building my faith on the subject.   Sometimes I struggled with disappointed hopes.  What it all came down to was trust.  Did I trust that He loved me and desired the best for me – even more than I did? Did I trust that He was more than enough for me, even if the dream didn’t materialize?  Did I trust that His choice for me was the best, no matter how long it took?  Did I trust that the only way to be truly fulfilled is if I followed His way and not mine?  Building a strong confidence in Him took time, but the end result was worth it!

I’ll Find Him With You

No ring on my finger, no beau on my arm,

Does the world think I’m crazy for waiting so long?

Just a hint would be nice, to know that I’m wanted,

Are you really saying that You can be trusted?

You say it’s true, if I’m seeking You . . .

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I’ll find him with You,

I’ll find him while on my knees,

I’ll find him with You,

Your presence is all I need,

This love I desire just could not compare,

I’ll find him with You.

 ***

Not wishful thinking, or some pleasant dream,

But a promise You’ll keep, ‘cause it’s virtue I seek,

You say I’m Yours always; You define who I am,

In a world of facades, true love’s in Your plan.

You say it’s true, ‘cause I’m seeking You . . .

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Long, long ago you gave me Your best,

With this proven love, what more could I ask.

I know it’s true, when I’m seeking You . . .

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He’ll find me with You,

He’ll find me while down on his knees,

He’ll find me with You,

Your presence is all he needs,

This love he desires just could not compare,

He’ll find me with You.

 

© 2006 Lyrics and Music Christa A. Madrid

Finding Jesus vs. Finding Mr. Right

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Many females (myself included), in some way or another, have been guilty of going on the trek called “finding a husband.” Most of the time no one would label it that, but they’ve done it subtly – or not so subtly – in our actions every day. Send a message here, drop a hint there . . . it’s their way of waving our flag of desperation and saying, “Hey, I’m single and would reeeally like to be married!” They’ve taken it upon themselves to look, and ultimately, to find. He has to be out there somewhere! If they’d just look hard enough, act a certain way….

If you’ve ever been in that position, you will probably agree that the outcome of your search wasn’t satisfying. For example, your “finding” found you at a dead end with a dead beat and extreme disappointment. That’s because as ladies, you were never meant to go on a hunt. You weren’t designed to do the finding. You’re created to let the Creator of your life bring the right person into your world in His time – in His way.

Let’s take a look at two very different ladies:

 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named

Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’

feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached

Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her

to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and

troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part,

which will not be taken away from him.” (Luke 10:38-42).

A “Martha” without a husband would be scurrying around frantically trying to make her relationship a reality. Ultimately, when the whole thing flopped, she would be more frustrated than when she started. There’s no peace, just a desperate urge to do and make something happen. On the other hand, an unmarried Mary has found her peace in her Lord. She’s content to sit at His feet and listen to His wisdom. She’s found the “good part” – on her knees.

Note that Jesus wasn’t cracking His whip and ordering Martha about to get things in order; neither was He ignoring her plight. He was present, yet she failed to see that His presence was the only thing she needed. On the contrary, Mary understood Jesus’ value in her life. Instead of stressing to orchestrate something, she allowed His presence and words to give her life. She loved Him.

Maybe you feel like a Martha right now – you’re single and you hate it. I understand. The guyless and dateless season can be an awkward time for any girl. Those times come with all kinds of frustrations: sadness, discontentment, lack of self-confidence, discouragement. When you hit these feelings, your immediate response is to search frantically for the guy, a guy, or any guy. Your focus in life takes a crazy turn. All you can think about is your lack of a love life. You have no peace of mind. You’ve lost all sense of meaning. Life couldn’t get much worse.

I know exactly what you’re feeling. I’ve been in that season and have come across all those emotions – sometimes all at once; however, in pursuing a relationship with Jesus and His Word (like Mary), I found no permission for a pity party. I only find encouragement for what’s to come. Every time I turned around, God would drop something into my heart to help me with the issue of waiting for Mr. Right. A one-liner, a Scripture verse, an encouraging word would seem to come out of the most unexpected places to keep me going. Those events made me realize I’m not alone; God saw my life and my desires – and He cared. For this reason, I determined that I wasn’t going to get trapped in the rut of feeling sorry for myself. Too much goodness could come out of that point in my life. I might as well enjoy every minute of it!

What you believe determines how you will survive being single. The “singleness stress” has to be countered with a change of thinking. When you see things with the right perspective, your vision becomes defined and clear. You’re able not only to survive what you’re facing; but also you’re able to come out on top. The best thing you can do for yourself is see this time in your life the way God sees it, conform your thoughts and desires to His, and let what you believe shape your future. Getting to that point only comes from finding Him, seeking Him, and loving Him. Just as you find the wisdom, direction, and peace that you need through being with Jesus, you find your heart’s desire fulfilled by pursuing Him. Your focus is so wrapped up in Who He is that the frantic organization of your life fades away as you let Him do the directing.