It begins well, the work. God speaks a resplendent creation into being, a world he exclaims over, again and again, “It is good!” And then he makes a man, who is “very good”! And then: “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Gen 2:15, emphasis mine).
The work is good like everything else.
Then God sees one thing not good amidst all this goodness: the man’s aloneness. So he makes a woman. Her God-given role is not first sexual or social. It’s vocational: She’s to be the man’s helpmate. Her created purpose is to join the man in his work.
Work is good.
Mark Buchanan, The Rest of God, p.14