Bunch (Genesis 2:23)

“Hey, Bunch…is the rice ready?”

 

“I’ll check.” The young wife smiled as she attended the rice cooker. I was the dinner guest of a young couple in the church I was attending. They had been married for three years and had a baby daughter. Throughout the dinner preparation, they winked and cooed with each other, still honeymooning!  I appreciated them taking the time to share their hospitality with me in spite of their busy schedules.

 

“Bunch, we’re ready for the salad.”

 

Bunch? What an odd pet name for his wife, I thought, and then it all became clear.

 

“Thanks, Honey!”

 

Honey…Bunch. Yes, affection dripping and slathered in unabashed frosting. It was almost enough to send someone into a diabetic sugar coma. After I got over my initial sarcastic musings, my face broke out into a grin as I observed this couple with growing admiration. They were modeling an ideal marriage. I sincerely hoped they would always remain this way and someday, I, too, would be able to experience the kind of marriage that God created all of us to enjoy.

 

…This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Genesis 2:23 (ESV)

 

The Christian commentator Matthew Henry wrote, “…the woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.”

 

God established the covenant of marriage. It is a sacred bond between a man and a woman. I have been blessed by God to bring a woman into my life, to be a helpmate, to be my wife. We are two different people, different personalities. We have our disagreements, we struggle with our own desires, but God knew this and still brought us together for a purpose-to bring glory and honor to His Name by honoring each other as one, united in matrimony.

 

Honey…Bunch.

 

Thank you, God, for blessing me with the Bunch of my life.

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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