So, first things first: I told y'all I would update you on when the party was going to be. Sorry this is a little short notice, but it will be next Sunday from 2-5 at my parents house. If you don't know where that is, go ahead and comment and I'll email you. (I figure they don't want me publishing their address for all to see...)
Next... I had a random thought about Biblical gender as seen at the VERY beginning. Don't ask me the entire process that it took for me to get to this thought. The inner workings of my mind move very fast and very randomly. I'll just say it all started with eating berries, and morphed from there. haha! So, according to the Bible, both male and female encompass attributes of God. In fact, you cannot even begin to understand God without taking both of those roles into account. Men have that protective, pioneering, authoritative, cultivating, warrior aspect. (This is a very broad generality of course...) Women, have the softer, wise, care taking, nurturing, loving, tender, gentle aspect. Both of these are aspects of the God that we serve. He created male and female, because in them is the fullness of God expressed. That being said, you have to imagine that when he first created Adam, he was already planning on creating Eve. Otherwise, mankind would only reflect part of Himself. But He kinda doesn't let Adam in on this little fact. It occurred to me that God treated man at the very beginning the way men like to be treated now: they need to figure it out on their own. Adam had to come to the realization that he wasn't complete. In fact, God let him go through EVERY animal searching for the perfect "helpmate" and let him grovel in the fact that none could be found. It was then, and only then, that God created Eve. At that point, Adam was more than ready to receive:) But it is interesting how God allowed him to go through that entire process of "figuring it out for himself" (ie: not asking for directions) before He came through with His provision (Eve).
It seems like such a silly thing, but I found it rather amusing. There really is something built in, something good, about men's propensity to need to figure things out themselves. Even God himself respected it. It is wise to seek counsel of course. The Lord is very clear about that throughout the rest of scripture. But there really are times to just let them work it out, even if we already know the answer. Wisdom and grace are shown by knowing which time is which though.
[Disclaimer: John has no problem asking for directions. He calls me his "little GPS"]