Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement.”  So the LORD God formed out of the ground every wild animal and every bird of the sky, and brought each to the man to see what he would call it. And whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every wild animal; but for the man no helper was found as his complement.

So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place.  Then the LORD God made the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man.  And the man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; this one will be called ’woman,’ for she was taken from man.” ~ Genesis 2:18-23

I wanted to end my Sleeping Beloved saga where we began.  It was a cyclical journey, after all. 

The Lord brings the animals to the man.  It is a task woven into his identity (Gen. 1:28), just as spinning is woven into the identity of all the other Beloveds.  Seeing the animals with their mates awakes a longing in the man’s heart – a longing for that same companionship and love.  But, none can be found for him.  In other words, his heart begins to fall asleep.  So the Lord puts his body into a deep sleep – so He can truly awaken the man’s heart to love.

The Sleeping Beloved Saga

We’ve seen the story change over the course of time.  Zellandine’s heart, body, and soul all fall asleep – and yet she learns to be a survivor in the midst of her circumstances.  Talia chooses listening to love over becoming cold and hard (like the king’s first wife), and her life is blessed for it.  Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty is lost like the rest of us – until her Savior draws near and her heart awakes.  Briar Rose hides behind all her masks – and yet love finds her in her hiding place.  Aurora has the potential to end up just like Zellandine – but she is saved by her Warrior-Lover who desperately loves her.  And Maleficent is all of these combined.

We all have the choice to let our aching hearts fall asleep; but just as the Lord awakens Adam with love, so too He awakens us.  Jesus the Messiah is calling out to you, yearning for you.  It is His call your heart must heed, or you will only sinker further into your deep sleep.

So, I’ll say it once more, for it is worth repeating: will you, dear one, choose to stay in your death-like sleep?  Or will you allow your heart to awaken to Love’s call?



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