“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. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

“The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.’ That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh” (Genesis 2:19-24).

If there ever was a dream job, Adam had it. Think of it; God bringing freshly created animals for him to name. He had to be amazed at the grace of the antelope and the power of the horses. He heard the songbirds singing and, then, did he laugh when the turkey gobbled? What did he think of the mighty lion and the docile lamb?

His work was interesting and the animals were entertaining, but, still, something was missing. God knew that Adam needed more than work and entertainment; he needed a helper. The helper wasn’t to help him name the animals or work the garden. God made her to help him be everything he was created to be.

The woman made him complete, the right woman, the one God provided. She and Adam together were the finished product. You can see that in his reaction when he saw her, “This is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” She’s a part of me; together we are one!

Too often we take for granted this great gift that God has given us. Proverbs says, “May you rejoice in the wife of your youth. May you ever be captivated by her love” (Proverbs 5:18-19).

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