Although we share a common language, I discover some wonderful new words whenever I am in England. One of my very favorite new words is bespoke.
Bespoke has a sense of the upper class about it; it means something, anything, designed and created with a specific person in mind. No buying clothes off the rack—I’m going to have a bespoke dress, one designed just for me. (One dress. The rest of my clothes are bought online.) My husband loves hats (he says all balding men do!), and whenever we return to London, he has a new cabby hat made just for him.
Despite the cool clothing that bespoke can refer to, one reason to truly love the word is that it reminds us of God’s specific, direct, and personal love. Genesis tells us that God spoke, and it was done. Romans reminds that God, “calls into being things that were not” (4:17). Psalm 33:9 pronounces, “For he spoke, and it came to be.”
Although he spoke the world and some creatures into being, when God saw that the man was lonely, he created a companion for the man in a unique way. He took one of Adam’s ribs, something part of the man, and fashioned a woman out of it. He created someone perfectly suited for Adam. Not just any woman, not spoken from the void or created from the ground. Custom made for the man himself.
It’s a reminder to us of the sacred nature of marriage, but it also reminds us that God created all of us, his children, especially for himself. He knew what he wanted; he always does. He knows how to meet those desires; he is God. When he created you to think and feel and respond and work, he created you exactly as he wanted you, his beloved, to be. He calls us his bride, after all.
You are just right. He bespoke you for himself!
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.
Genesis 2:21-22, NASB
Devotion drawn from my The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional. Available now from Tyndale.
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