“Said it was that you were made out of a rib,
But more likely it was from the soul!
Else how would it be that the entire creation,
Only by You were truly made whole!!”
Along with each Woman’s Day comes the sometimes cynical, at times snide and often a light-hearted query – why only a Woman’s Day when there’s none for the men folk?
Now there could be plenty ways to answer it but often its best left alone, but then again I wondered myself why?
Going back into time to the second chapter of Genesis, where the Bible describes the creation of a woman and there I see this verse
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.”
Sure, it’s pretty straightforward and may be most of us hardly see anything wrong. But the lines preceding this one say that it was God Himself who identified the need for a man to have a companion, a helper and therefore made someone to fit this role.
While God made this person with a role in mind and yet the man named her out of the process she came from – he said she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.
Indeed, God placed the onus of naming all creatures on Adam’s shoulders and he did carry that out, and while I wonder what rationale he used to name all others… clearly in case of his companion I trust he could have been a little more fair.
And thus we men carry on the thinking of our greatest grand dad’s and take women to be inferior specie because we take it that she was derived out of a man, she was not the first to be created and etc etc etc.
In reality though, nothing could be further from the truth! The lady was meant to be the final piece of the zig-saw called Creation! It was the pinnacle of God’s imagination and above all, she had a definite role in the universe.
To be really fair, man was only the second last item to have been created, the best as we often say is left for the last which in the creationist scheme of things happens to be, yes a woman! The story of creation is incomplete, and so is the case in the life of a man - but for the existence of a woman.
Take for instance a 100m race, you could run the first ninety-nine but if you fail to run the last one all else is immaterial. No, I’m not saying that the first ninety-nine are not important; its just that when you get to the end, the last one becomes as relevant and important as all others.
Going back to the zig-saw, while you may have all the pieces the picture is still incomplete and dare I say – not so pretty – without the last one.
God in His infinite wisdom identified the incompleteness and loneliness of a man and God’s best solution was a woman. The Bible beautifully illustrates that God found no suitable companion for the man in all of His creation.
And to put that into context, one must factor in that at the end of each day, God looked at all his creation and Himself remarked – ‘It is Good!”
Beyond all that was created so beautifully, a person had to be custom-made to complete God’s creation and man’s life! God Himself had to think better than his own creativity to come up with a woman!
And yet father Adam chose to think of her solely as someone who came ‘out of him’ … rather as ‘out for him.’
A woman surely came as a consequence to the man but did so only to make him whole!
Never mind that she can be comparatively weaker in physical terms, but everything she is, is geared towards helping her fulfill the role that was identified before she was created.
And therefore, as we realize her right place in the universe and the perfection she brings, we celebrate not just the day but the person that a woman truly is - Only by Her we're made whole!