In November of 1960, Etta James released her debut album entitled At Last! featuring the hit song of the same name. The song has been used for many movie soundtracks and sung by many different artists. It has been used for Presidential balls, sung at weddings, and at funerals. The song continues to live among our culture. But long before Etta James, with her blues and soulful voice bellowed those words, they were spoken by someone else. Genesis 2 records for us the intimate creation of Adam and then Eve. God took the initiative to provide for Adam “a helper suitable for him.” He caused a deep sleep to come over him, took a rib from his side and formed together this suitable helper that would forever change the man. Upon awaking, Adam perceived what God had done, and the first words out of his mouth are, “At last.” More precisely, he says, This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. Adam was pleased to finally see something like him after naming all the animals and quickly recognizing their differences from him.
Even at creation of the man, God knew very well that the man couldn’t do all that he had planned for him alone. Upon Adam’s diligence to do as God commanded him, he realized his dependence on God. It was in Adam’s obedience to God’s commission on his life, that God chose to reveal to him the greater plan for the helper. All too often, we get this out of order. We are looking to fulfill our lives with “the one” and then hope together we can figure out what it is we are supposed to do. God’s plan clearly shows, however, that the helper comes after we have discovered what it is that we are supposed to do. Then, the helper comes along side to HELP us accomplish our God-ordained task. We will talk more about this in the next blog.
Before we leave it today though, I must take this time to give a shout out to my helper. I am convinced that there is one role that is more difficult in the church than being the pastor, and that is the role of the pastor’s wife. There is a blog to come soon about this, but there is no great partner or no greater helper in this world than the wife that I have. I am so grateful that she said “yes”.
To be continued…