"A woman's struggle with her self worth points to something glorious she was designed to be."
To discover how to reconcile this problem, we have to go back to the Creation of woman. We have to look to what we know of Eve. I love how Captivating sets the stage for this story. I was a bit surprised when I realized that Stasi wasn't going to take us immediately to the part where Adam is passed out on the ground with his side cut open and his rib transforming into a more curvaceous, more delicate version of himself. Rather, the stage begins being set at the first moment… the first breath of any worldly existence. Those famous words… "Let there be Light." That truly was our beginning… wasn't it? The same voice that spoke the power of light into existence molded our being. Let that wash over you for a moment. If that doesn't give you chills up and down your spine… I don't know what will. The thought that the Creator of the universe… the same One who separated day and night… the same One who dreamt up crashing waves and the fiery sun… that same One saw fit to create Woman. Doesn't that just make you hold your chin up a little higher?
I never noticed this before Stasi pointed it out, but when God created the world, He worked His way from the most vast to the most intricate. He began with light and dark, then oceans and land, then He painted the sky with stars, the land with grass, the oceans with waves. Then He filled all that He had created with the breath of life. He placed trees, flowers, and then animals; fish in the sea, mammals on land, insects and birds in the sky and in the trees. And then…. God creates a being that is unlike anything He has created prior. A being that is so majestic, and so breathtaking because it was created in the image of Himself. He creates man.
But something is missing. Man isn't enough on his own.
"And the Lord God cast a deep slumber on the man, and he slept. And God took one of his ribs and closed over the flesh where it had been, and the Lord God built the rib He had taken from the human into a woman and He brought her to the man." (Genesis 2:21-23)
Ladies, we as the woman, are God's final brush-stroke on the masterpiece of Creation. We are, as Stasi puts it, "…the Master's finishing touch… Given the way Creation unfolds, how it builds to ever higher and higher works of art, can there be any doubt that Eve is the crown of creation? Not an afterthought. Not a nice addition like an ornament on a tree. She is God's final touch. His piece de resistance. She fills a place in the world that nothing and no one else can fill."
Don't be mistaken. This is not a speech to send you on a fast track to a feminist mindset. Rather, this is the stage that must be set in your mind before you can learn anything else about the reality of your true womanhood. You must know in what circumstance you were created. We often think of Eve for her mistake. Her blunder. Her sin that will forever taint her true identity. We were not created for that blemish. We were created in beauty. As the last finishing touch that made the Artist step back and say, "Yes. It is complete. Nothing more is needed to make this painting a masterpiece."
I hope you feel more beautiful tonight. I hope you'll hold your head a little (or a lot!) higher knowing that you are the creation that made God step back and say, "It is good." You are the completion of Creation. You were created in beauty, purity and fascination. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Well, there is more to this chapter, but I can't explore it tonight. My daughter needs her dinner and my husband will be getting home from work soon (and will want his dinner also!!!). Much love to all you ladies, and remember how beautiful you are!