Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Splitting Adam

So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took on of the man's ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.  The the LORD God made woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man (Genesis 2:21-22 NIV)

There are some things that simply aren’t a priority for most men: attending PTA meetings, making up the bed in the morning, and asking for directions.  If we have a place to eat and sleep, most men are okay.  As long as there are some hot dogs and chips nearby, we’re happy with our meal plan.  Who needs to go to a PTA meeting?  We’d rather stick out finger in a light socket than go to one.  Why make up the bed?  We’re just going to get back in.  And there is absolutely no way under the sun you’ll ever get us to trot into a gas station and admit to another man that we don’t know where we’re going.

The universal truth about men is that this is how we are made.  Women, on the other hand, generally have that magical ability to be tuned in to the needs of others and to detect that something is wrong the moment there is a problem.  You seem to absorb everything – to take it in, and make sound decisions for everyone involved.

Us guys?  We have the unique ability to block out and ignore what we consider to be inconsequential.  Think about it:  Your child gets hurt and he goes to the father for comfort.  What does the father offer?  A fix-it solution: “Go over there and sit down until it stops hurting,” he will say.  That same kid goes to his mother and she’s going to hug him, nurture him, clean his wound, and kiss his boo-boo.

Totally different.  Yet, somehow in the plan of God, these two design differences work together.

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