Tuesday, October 18, 2011
So many stories have been told of the damsel in distress ~ the princess being rescued ~ the bride and the bridegroom. Often I wonder, how on earth are the Sons of Adam meant to relate to this great love story? I get how they can relate to the rescuer at times ~ how they can embrace their Godliness and His likeness and begin to see themselves as the warrior ~ as the knight. But how can they possibly become the Bride? How can they embrace this story of the prince rescuing the princess as though they are the ones in need of rescuing?
It is a difficult thing to conceive of God not being a man, particularly when the most trusted source we have for His description refers to Him as a Him and as a Father. I think most of us accept that God is genderless and that He indeed did make both Adam and Eve in His image. So then, it is logical to conclude that a woman equally reflects the nature of the Creator as does a man.
So if our Maker and Saviour and the Lover of our souls is revealed to us in both Adam and in Eve, then would it be possible to accept that a man could have a relationship with the Maker and relate to God at times as though He is a She?
I look around at the religion we have formed to contain our Maker and I see that we have been afraid of this idea. Mystics and non-Christian spiritualists don't seem to have a problem with it all and, in fact, that may well be one of the reasons that the notion has been shunned by the organized church we have today.
The reality is that God has created woman in "His" image as well and there is a great mystery that lies in that fact. That God is fierce and yet gentle ~ a warrior and kind ~ valiant and soft. God is Nurturer ~ El Shaddai ("many breasted one"). Deeply passionate and intuitive ~ affectionate and inviting.
Some of the great worship leaders of our generation have written about the great romance between God and the sons of Adam. David Ruis wrote, reflecting on King Solomon's words, "Let me know the kisses of Your mouth, let me feel Your embrace, let me smell the fragrance of Your touch, let me see Your lovely face." Kevin Prosch quotes King David when he writes, "I bow down and kiss the Son."
There is an intimacy and abandonment which I believe will come as the Sons of Zion begin to realize that their Maker ~ the Lover of their souls ~ the One who calls to them in the midnight hour and from the depths ~ is the Beautiful One ~ the fulfillment of their hearts' cry. The one to nurture their broken bodies and souls. The one to ravish them and love them back to life.