She began as a wisp of a thought in the wondering mind of God. A simple melody, full of strength and warmth yet expressed with fragile silvery beauty floated through God’s consciousness, and God began to imagine her form and character. God’s heart ached to show the beauty that only she would be able to embody. God was delighted when God thought of the relational imprint of God’s image that she would portray – yes, this creature would value people and conversations and connections and love above everything else.
God thought about God’s own tender heart and knew that this being would be fragile and intricate, easily hurt and needing protection and shelter…and yet, yet… God smiled as God realized what the Human was missing: a strong help, a rescue; another someone who would match strength for strength. This creature would bring God’s life to the world. She would be the mother of all living, the bearer of life: one made in the image of God.
Humanity needed to be distinguished from itself: it was not right that humankind should be a single being and it was not enough for all the fullness of God’s image to be expressed in only one type of person. God decided what to do. God would make a counterpart, turning the one into two. The Human asleep and its extracted rib raw material in God’s hand, God reached out those hands to build the creature that pervaded God’s thoughts.
Eve stirred, awakening. Her body where she lay on a bed of grass was all curves and hollows, the evening sun lighting her length with a warm amber glow. She opened her eyes and looked into the face of God, and smiled a slow smile that offered God all the richness of who she was. God felt God’s heart melt as for the first time a daughter looked up at him. Unbidden, promises formed in God’s heart and spilled out onto the woman: “I will protect you. I will always love you. I will always share my heart with you. I will always see you. I will always be captured by your beauty. I will always be won by your love. I will never leave you. My heart is yours.”
The force of these promises washed over Eve in a tangible rush of love. She stood to her feet, her hair pouring over her shoulders and down the curve of her back. And once again God’s heart sang, because God saw in her the very strength of love that God knew the world would need. God saw in her the strength to continue in hope when all her world looked to be destroyed. God saw in her a wealth of giving and nurturing, and God saw a force to be reckoned with. God saw beauty and God saw victory, all embodied in this woman who stood before God. She was the crowning jewel of all creation, and God was in love.