There was an irony in yesterday’s post.
While I am not on Facebook, my post was. It was tossed in the pile of Feeds that I bemoaned yesterday. What effect it had, I have no idea. That’s the sorrow of throwing something out to a hundred different hands.
Yet, I know that what I offer isn’t meant to stay hidden. I was not made to remain invisible. Even God, in His contentment of Himself and His own community of Three, found it not enough to make a world with rivers and trees, luminous clouds and soaring birds and to keep it to Himself. He had to share it. He made us, for Himself, to share in the joy that’s infused in the earth. And, He made us for each other.
Reading over Genesis 1, the fingerprints are everywhere. God was ready to share, not only in what He’d made but even the authority that He had:
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
I would have loved to have watched God make Adam. As a child, I had this idea that He might have waved His hands and in a swirl of dust and stars, Adam came into being, possibly while floating in the air. These days, I see a more intentional God, on His hands and knees maybe. Pausing intentionally to think through His design. I wonder if He stuck His tongue out, so engrossed with his creating. Or, if He got stuck with His design. Maybe there were a pile of ‘adams’ over by a corner tree, the ones that hadn’t quite made the cut (this is not biblical, for sure, but it’s fun to think about). God continues, maybe occasionally holding His breath as He works, calling the rest of the Triune over for their thoughts. Impressing a dimple here, a curve there. Stringing muscle and bone together. Adjusting the eyes, and tousling the hair. But, God, wanting more than a toy, not a plaything to manipulate, gives the gift of Himself. He breathes into Adam, to give him life, to let him think, to allow him experience. Air enters, the heart pumps, neurons and nerves fire and the eyes flutter. This man is awake. Alive. Aware. And, God is ready to share:
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
While watching the movie, “Into The Wild” the story of Chris McCandless, I had this sense that I was watching an Adam. Here was a man who had refused the traditional roles being handed to him. He sold his car (a gift from his father) and used his college money to travel to Alaska. He wanted to know that he could live a full life full of adventure and worth. And, yet, while he’s in Alaska, living in the wild, using his strength and all his abilities, he writes:
“Happiness only real when shared.”
It’s a heart-breaking scene. His life is amazing. He is doing what so few are willing or even dare to do. Yet, doing it alone, finds the adventure lacking.
God knew this.
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
He needed Adam to know it too. Instead of whipping up a woman quick for this first Man, He sends Adam on a journey. “Go name all the animals”. And, Adam realizes that while all the rest of the earth has someone like itself to share with, Adam has no one. Yes, he has God, but God, having made Adam in His image, made him discontent in living merely for himself.
We were made to share.
We were made for community.
We were made to know and be known.
We were made to be seen.
We were made to create and to show it to someone else.
And, while this is not a statement on marriage, it is to shine a light on the fact that you cannot live this life well on your own. It is not enough to get a ‘Like’ on Facebook. You need to see your own light reflected in someone’s eyes, validating your experience, walking these dusty roads with you.
Fight for it.
Yes, it’s hard to find. It’s difficult to maintain and the easy thing would be to grow bitter and throw out relationships (all kinds) altogether. But, in your haste, you throw away the Life that you need and the Life that you could bring to someone else.
God gave His own breath to Adam. We must learn to breathe into each other, to give in ways that help, not hurt. To fight for each other’s hearts, to look past careless words and thoughtless deeds and find the men and women that had a mud-smudged God, kneeling in the soil, creating what we are so ready to give up on.
Lets get in the dirt with Him.
Be ready to share.
Don’t hold your breath.