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On the sixth day of creation, as the culmination of God’s work, “Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man,” (Genesis 2:22). When everything was completed, God noted that it was “very good”  and on the seventh day God rested from all his work and blessed the seventh day. God made a man, then a woman, and then He rested and blessed.

Our Western culture and lifestyles press us on every side with a franticness that demands deadlines and control—epidemics of high blood pressure and fear. Panic fills our homes and lives as our days and lives seem nothing but meaningless sand in tiny hourglasses.

From my time with pets, small children, and angry clients in my office, I have more fully realized that each of us possess an energy field (electrical heart and brain waves) that project from us and influence those in close proximity. Research has shown that depression is sort of “catching” if you have to live with someone that has that mood. I am pretty certain that anxiety is also catching. How is that we get the wrong “vibes” or “bad energy” from some people and do not want to stay in their presence? 

What if... God wanted women to help represent the rest and haven that we have in Him?That our inviting way would lead others to a rest for their souls in our presence, even in the midst of a busy life or dealing with those who are not walking with God.

Invites Rest

I Peter 3:1-6 provides a snapshot of wives, and their ordained beauty that invites others to rest with “the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” Further this scripture states we are daughters of Sarah if we “do what is right and do not give way to fear.” Fear leads us to controlling, frantic behavior. We know that “perfect love drives out fear, 1 John 4:18, and God is love, 1 John 4:16. Do the math!

Scripture is sprinkled with the pictures of women who are not trusting and restful creations: Proverbs 21:19, a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife; I Timothy 9:15 gossiping busybodies, I Timothy 3:11 malicious talkers, Titus 2:3-5, slanderers, and those addicted to wine.

I am inclined to believe that God had a design for men and women and the truth they would represent about Him by their genders. Yes, we are all His temples and priests according to 1 Peter 2:9, however, even by physical design, we have a distinct purpose. Women seem to be relationally oriented by brain and physique--we can invite in, incubate, provide sustenance—birthing not just babies, but new realities with our creativity. “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength,” Isaiah 30:15.

Lord, make me a sanctuary. May my life be a restful invitation for others to come and be with Jesus, forever.

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