God spoke: “Light!”
For the month of January I've taken on a free-write challenge from Jeff Goins http://goinswriter.com/my500words/ to get my blog going again and to begin walking through my questions on scripture as well as other random thoughts. So if stuff is rough, sorry, I'm going to try and keep the editing to a minimum.
God spoke: “Light!”And light appeared.
God saw that light was good
and separated light from dark.
God named the light Day,
he named the dark Night.
It was evening, it was morning—
God spoke. Is that really all it took? I wonder.
My 5-hr-old David, prayed over breakfast this morning and I asked him if he'd like to thank God for anything else. He said, "Thank you God for nature." That's my boy.
He loves lizards, catapillars, is scared by snakes yet fascinated. He cares for goldfish in distress. He's seen many a burial and cried over his loses. David, God's beloved, reflects his creator.
In nature I see so much detail. It's so carefully orchestrated. It works so well. I need green. My cubicle at work is covered in it. It's why I love the Pacific Northwest so much. It was there that I first began to really taste and see that God is good in his creation.
So when I hear "God spoke" and boom there was "plants of all kinds" say, I think I have heard it wrong for a long time. I see God hovering above the waters in sort of a spirit cloud thing and pronouncing on high his words. He has a huge white beard, flowing robes and just says stuff and it happens.
But if I look at what happens, the result, I'm in awe. This God who I know the Bible says hovered over the waters, created such intimate detail. His nature speaks of such care and design. I can't think that Moses had anything like the trumped up Platonic, gnostic version of God who doesn't get fingers dirty when he wrote "God spoke."
Maybe there's something in words that conveys intimacy and power. I think that's a better take. John says Jesus was there in the beginning, creating as the word. The mysterious here would give me migraines. But if Jesus was present, and the Spirit, hey-ho, we've got the Trinity doing there thing, making a world.
And if I know the theme of scripture, I know that what they make is good. And what they make, they make carefully. With power yes, but with great care as well.