Read the first part here.
God chuckled as He put the finishing touch to the image He was molding. He knew exactly what Adam would go for, if he had a choice in the matter.
He leaned back and inspected the finished work, and wondered what name Adam would give to it. He decided that He would let Adam do the honors. After all, Adam was the one that would get to live with her.
As He leaned forward to pour of Himself into her, a wave of sadness washed over Him. Cries filled his mind as He saw the pain that her descendants would go through. He saw the images playing out before His eyes- the travails, the welts, bruises and scars. He wondered how His creatures will get to that point when they were blind to the beauty of His creation.
Every part of her had been delicately crafted. Her hair, silky and soft to be her crowning glory. Her bosom, full and soft, to nurture her young ones and to comfort her soul mate. Her hips, wide and rounded, to carry her children. Her womb, a haven of safety for her unborn children. Her most prized possession however had been her heart, which had been fortified with love and compassion. Sadly, it is also that which men will use against her.
He had created her to be delicate and quaint yet with a quiet and understated strength but she would be exploited and abused. For a brief moment He hesitated, His heart aching for her, but not for long.
In those brief moments, He saw Adam as he named all the other animals, both male and female, and that look of loneliness that was etched on it once he was through. All the other creatures came in pairs, and had companionship. He could not bear to see Adam sad and moreover Adam would need a helper in the days to come.
“Everything has been made ready, since the foundation of the world.” The Word echoed it in His mind.
With a breath into her nostrils, her eyes opened. He stared into her eyes as she took Him in, and His face burst into a wide smile. She sat on her haunches and then bowed before Him. His heart swelled with pride. Yes, she was perfect, and she would live to worship Him.
He stretched forth His hands and she took it, it was time to show Adam his helpmeet.
Adam yawned and stretched.
He sat with his back against a tree and enjoyed the cool evening breeze. Something was amiss. There was a general chirper to the air. He could almost hear the wind whispering and the trees waving excitedly. The air felt festive and he could hear faint strains of music in the distance.
He shook his head to clear it. He thought he might still be reeling from the dream he had just woken up from. It had been a very strange but pleasant dream.
He had seen another being like himself, but different. The being had turned its back to him and faced the sun. The image had a long flowing hair that swayed to the rhythm of the wind, and its skin had been glowing. He had felt inexplicably drawn to the image and had felt like it was a part of him. It was a strange feeling but even now thinking about the dream he felt a longing in his heart.
There was also something more. Another feeling was washing over him, one he hadn’t felt before and one he couldn’t name.
He was so engrossed in this state of contemplation that he didn’t hear the Creator walking towards him.
“Adam” the Creator called softly
Adam looked up and gaped. He was staring at the very image he had seen in his dream. Only this creature was even more breathtaking in the flesh. He looked up from the well sculpted legs to the roundness of her hips and then to her bosom which was heaving, a bit too fast for someone walking at a leisurely pace. And finally, he found her face, and his breath hitched. It was oval with well chiseled mouth and thin lips. Her hazel eyes held his and seemed to look into his soul.
The Creator chuckled as He watched the two of them. Yes, He had been right about choice for Adam. He watched as Adam move towards her like one in a daze and took hold of her right hand. Then he traced a line on her face with his other hand.
Suddenly, Adam recognized the feeling he couldn’t name earlier. He had been feeling incomplete and here now, in his arms was that part of him that had been missing.
That feeling came again, the same one he had felt in the dream. The feeling that she was a part of him.
“You are right” the Creator said, reading his thoughts “I took a rib from you and fashioned her for you to be your helpmeet”
Adam looked at the Creator for the first time, awe and surprise etched all over his face. The Creator had just given him the best gift ever.
“I will call her Woman” Adam said, looking at her, “because she was taken from a man”
The Creator nodded.
Now everything was perfect.
“Be fruitful and multiply” The Creator said to them as He blessed them amidst the sounds of the harp and trumpet and all manners of musical instruments being played by the angels. “Replenish the earth and subdue it” He added.
Then the Creator established the first institution.
“A man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife. They will no longer be two but one” He declared.
As the Creator departed, He felt a dull ache in His heart. If only man would adore the woman like this for all eternity. Soon, this perfect image will be shattered and His jewel will be handled like a common stone by the brook.
Soon, the woman will be undoing of all mankind.
“But for a time” The Word whispered “till the appointed time that has been set since the foundation of the world and then all will be restored”