God knew what Adam needed, but he didn’t just say, “Here you go, Adam…a wife!”
Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. (vs. 19-20)
First, God revealed a void. He took Adam through a situation that would lead him to recognize his need – and perhaps his desire – for a partner. How much more profound to receive something, when we truly desire it!
Ever get a gift from grandma that you didn’t want? Yeah, me too. It’s not exciting. In fact, I remember getting spanked one Christmas morning because I refused to say ‘thank you’ for a rocking chair. I was five. There was supposed to be a doll in that box, who cried and wet her pants. But here’s the thing. Over the years, the chair I didn’t want became my favorite place to sit and the embodiment of my grandparent’s love. For that, I’m so thankful.
As a parent (and teacher) my job is to teach my kids all sorts of things. Genesis Two convicts me. Have I done enough to create a need, before spewing instruction? I really don’t think so. I’m so sure of what they need to know/learn, that I just tell/teach…period. I mean, I tell them why they need to know it, but do I fuel desire?
And most importantly, what need is God trying to show me today? What empty place do I have? What blessing am I missing? God, when I realize my need, please give me the wisdom and patience to seek you for the answers…to seek you for provision.