In the very beginning, God created the world with Words. We all know that the "Word" became flesh and dwelt with man later on.
As God is creating the universe into existence, everything keeps escalating. Each new day of creation is greater than the last.
Light and darkness, earth, oceans that are boundless, the wildflowers begin to bloom, our sky becomes painted with celestial bodies, water animals that are all unique take their first dive, lions who are kings of their own territory, and then everything stops when God makes Adam. Something is unique about him. Something is different.
God looks at Adam and says, you are my very image. But the great symphony hasn't stopped yet, something else is missing. What comes next? Creation reaches its complete climax when Eve is created from Adam's rib. Eve, the first woman.
She resembles something so very special -- God's vulnerability and tenderness.
Most of us all know that the characteristics of man and woman resemble the character of God in some way.
Man resembles the leadership and strength of our Yahweh. Whereas, a woman resembles the soft-spoken side of God.
As a woman, what would you say your greatest desire is?
Now, really think about this. In all your years, even if you are still in your teens, or 20's, or you already have grandkids, think about your life. What was the thing that drove you the most? What is that deep longing in your heart?
Most women I know, just want to be cherished, loved, wanted, and seen.
Have you ever wondered why most of us want this? It's because God designed us to have that soul purpose. We are to resemble His nature. His character.
God desires to be seen, to be wanted, to be loved in return, and He desires to be cherished the most in your life.
"He waits to be wanted." ― A.W. Tozer
"You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13
I've been reading Wild at Heart by John Eldredge, and it's one of the best books I've ever read, even though it is technically for men to read. When I picked it up at a book shop I read, "discover the secret of man's soul."
You see, as a single girl, I resounded in my head that I definitely needed this book, especially if I am to prepare for my future husband. And honestly, I think it really has helped me in that aspect. I now can understand a bit more about how guys think and act the way they do. It's been an eye-opening read so far and I'm not even half-way through with it!
As a man, what is it that makes you stand up and fight? What motivates your soul?
Of course, not all men are under this strategic formula, but all men are sons. And their character reflects on who their father is.
“Every boy, in his journey to become a man, takes an arrow in the center of his heart, in the place of his strength. Because the wound is rarely discussed and even more rarely healed, every man carries a wound. And the wound is nearly always given by his father.” -John Eldredge
I am not a son, but as a daughter, I desire my father's approval. As I'm sure you do, and if not, you're trying to get that approval in other places. God gives His approval to His Son multiple times. Mark 1:11 when John baptizes Jesus and heaven opens up and there's a voice saying, "-I am well pleased." In Matthew 17:5, God calls Jesus His beloved Son, "-with Whom, I am well pleased."
The thing that makes a man, is his strength.
You see, before a boy turns into a man, He must address his heart. His fear is, can he do it? Is his strength capable?
To know that he has strength, he has to search for his heart. He must find it first, before he turns to other things or people, to find it for Him. That approval must come from the Father. Our Heavenly Father.
“God’s relationship with us and with our world is just that: a relationship. As with every relationship, there’s a certain amount of unpredictability, and the ever-present likelihood that you’ll get hurt. The ultimate risk anyone ever takes is to love, for as C. S. Lewis says, “Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal.” But God does give it, again and again and again, until he is literally bleeding from it all. God’s willingness to risk is just astounding—far beyond what any of us would do were we in his position.” -John Eldredge
This popular quote from the book really broke me.
Our heavenly Father desires us to simply choose Him.
Your heart can be broken, it can be wounded by deep cuts from your early childhood, or possibly even from recent wounds. You are trying desperately to protect your heart because you're afraid. You are terrified that if you give it over, it's going to get hurt even worse. Perhaps you don't fully believe that God is capable of protecting your heart.
Friends, I get it. I'm there with you. It's not easy to just give over your complete heart. It's actually one of the hardest things you could ever do. Even as a Christian who has been saved since 2008, I struggle with dying to myself every day. I still want that control over my own dreams and my passions.
Our hearts will find true contentment when they are resting in God.
All this to say, I wanted to bring light to what God's heart is like. I can only wrap my head around a small corner of how great His heart is.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." -Isaiah 55:8-9
You have been given something that no other creation can taste. We are made in the Imago Dei! Whether you are a man or a woman, you are a resemblance of your Father, your Creator. And furthermore, you can use the heart you've been given to love Him in return. You can choose Him. You can chase after Him. You can love Him with everything in you. Yes, it's an adventure. But it'll be worth it.
Thank you for reading! I pray that this stirs something inside of you and gives you a taste of God's heart.