In the beginning, before things like poverty, bankruptcy, and famine…

…before there were wars and division…

…before there was greed and grasping…

…before there was the need to be first…

…there was a Creator of Infinite Love, Infinite Power, Infinite Imagination…

…and a desire for intimacy.

His thoughts became a world, and a Garden, and living creatures, and all of it was good. There was a pattern to His work, a way of being for all living things that naturally reflected the character of the Creator, and this way of being was good because it was about generosity, harmony, curiosity, creativity, and truth.  

Then, in the middle of this Garden, the Creator fashioned a figure of clay. He formed a body with two feet and ten toes…

…kneecaps…

…hip and sacroiliac joints perfectly designed to move and bear the weight of the torso that enclosed all the visceral organs…

…a spinal column with incredible strength and flexibility to be the central hub of a nervous system faster and more intelligent than the most advanced computer…

…a shoulder girdle and rotator cuff constructed for range of motion in the arms that could also support the head and neck…

…hands tailored for fine motor skills…

…fingernails and thumbprints…

…a throat, vocal chords, tongue, and teeth for speaking, singing, and eating…

…cochlea and ear canals to take in sound…

…a nose for smell and taste…

…and eye sockets, pupils, and corneas incredibly sensitive to light that could distinguish between objects and appreciate beauty.

It was a masterpiece. The crowning achievement of Infinite Love, Infinite Power and Play, Infinite Imagination, and Infinite Truth. But something was still missing.

That’s when the Creator, Lord of the Universe and Source of all Life, the I AM, knelt and breathed into his nostrils the Breath of Life, and man became a living soul. I like to imagine that God knelt and cradled Adam’s face as He performed this most intimate act. He didn’t speak from on high and command life into the clay figure. He didn’t do the initial design and then rely on a bolt of energy or wait for lightning to strike. He knelt on the ground and held his creation as He breathed life into Adam. Humanity was kissed into being.

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed in his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7

Thus it was that the ultimate act of creation was also the ultimate act of intimacy. God himself designed us to function as connected and creative beings, and that closeness happens in a body. Like everything that comes from His hands, the body is an utterly complete and perfect system that reveals something about the mind and heart of God because His desire is for us to know Him.