To kick off this series…let’s talk about why in the world we need to be a help meet. And…what is a help meet anyway?
I know for sure that I don’t have all the answers to these questions. The mystery of “what is a help meet?” can seem deep, heavy and complicated. After much prayer, I found it very helpful and refreshing to just cut out all of the difficult and specific questions in my mind about being a perfect help meet and just look at the simple basics.
Read chapter two of Genesis. God had created the earth and everything in the earth. He made this man named Adam…and he put Adam in a beautiful garden.
Then God said of Adam, “Aw, he’s all alone with no one to share this beauty with. He needs a helper.” (Genesis 2:20 – LV – Laura’s version, adapted from NIV – New International Version)
So…God brought the entire zoo of animals and birds and fish before Adam. Adam had a nice time naming them all. ( “You are a goat”… “You are a zebra”… “You are a gnu with a silent “g” just for the fun of it and because I said so.”) But after a while, the chickens were just not cutting it. Adam needed encouragement, he needed someone to help him remember where he put his hatchet, and he was lonely. Adam needed a helper.
So, God put Adam to sleep, took out a rib, and made a lovely person similar to Adam…yet oh so different in many ways.
God brought the lovely person to Adam. Adam, of course, smiled with delight and said (something like), “Aha! This is exactly what I’ve been needing. She’s a knock out!! Thank you God!! She is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. Because she is a part of me, I’ll call her, Woman.” ( LV)
Now God, of course, does not make any mistakes. He knew exactly what he was doing when he made the lovely woman to be the man’s helper. He knew what he was doing when he made the man and the woman alike…and yet so different. He created the perfect combination. He made husband…and wife. God made BOTH man and woman in His image.
And He made the woman to help the man.
Well, I for one feel highly honored.
God made me, Laura, to be a helper for Matt. That makes me smile.
This guy I love like crazy and think is really, really neat? He loves me and asked me to marry him and I get to be the one to help him in this life.
Is that not one of the biggest honors God could have given me?
Ladies, I do believe we have been given the best job in the world!
***After each post in this series, I plan to ask some questions and pose some challenges to help all of us reflect on our role as a help meet to our husband. I hope you will feel comfortable to leave a comment in answer to the “Share with Us” questions so that we can all be inspired and encouraged by one another. You are also welcome to share your challenges in answering the “Challenge Yourself” questions publicly…however if those reflections are private, please ponder them in your heart or write them in a journal and pray for God to lead you in the way He needs to toward being a better help meet.***
Share with us: What are some of the basic, everyday things you do for your husband that make his life and his work easier? I know for sure that you do A LOT to help your husbands everyday, so I can’t wait to be encouraged by your comments!! I bet you’ll be encouraged too when you think about all the ways you are a great helper to your husband!
Challenge yourself: Are there ways you can improve as a helper? What small (or big) things can you do that will help your husband get through each day? – Don’t beat yourself up about it…just challenge yourself and pray about ways you can be a better helper.
Yay! God chose YOU to be the best helper for YOUR husband! You make his life better, richer, more fulfilled and more full of joy! As you go about your work today, do it with peace, knowing that you are doing just what God called you to do!