Every time I read Genesis I am left with unanswered questions.
- “In the beginning” Genesis 1:1 What about before the beginning? God has no beginning and no end – so what was it like before he created the world? Did he make other worlds? But then Jesus would have to die for each of those too, right? Is that possible?
- “Let us make man.” Vs. 26. From the beginning there was three in one – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. How does that work? As much as I try and understand it, it still baffles me.
Then there are those things that just amaze me.
- “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Genesis 1:26 What?! How amazing is that? God, a God who can speak and something is created – makes us like Him? Whoa. Am I treating those around me – and myself like we are made in God’s image?
- “And it was good.” The God of the Universe made a beautiful place for us to live and then made us – and then said He was pleased with all He made.
- Vs. 4 “The light was good.”
- Vs. 10 Earth and seas – “And God saw that it was good.”
- Vs. 12 Trees and plants – “And God saw that it was good.”
- Vs. 18 Sun, moon and stars – “And God saw that it was good.”
- Vs. 21 Birds and sea creatures – “And God saw that it was good.”
- Vs. 25 Animals – “And God saw that it was good.”
- Vs 31 Everything He made – “It was very good.”
A few years back our family flew from the East Coast to the West Coast. I sat next to a business man who gave the obligatory hellos and then promptly opened his laptop and got to work. As we flew across the country, I was in awe when we hit the mountains. I didn’t expect that I could see them from the plane and was delighted. My business traveler friend had finished his work and after lunch had a snooze. He was just waking up as I was snapping photo after photo on my phone. I think I may have been audibly ahhing and oohing some too. I just couldn’t believe something so beautiful existed.
I felt a little self conscious, here he was – all business-like and I’m google-eyed over the views out the window like I’d never been out of my house before. At that moment, he asked me if I could take a picture with his phone. Handing him back his phone, he shared that he would be returning to Ohio later that evening after a business meeting in LA. He said he had been making this trip at least once a month for two years. And, never once had he seen the mountains. He usually closed the window shade and used the time to work.
As I got off the plane that day, I thought about how often I am busy, busy, busy — doing, doing, doing. And, I miss what is good.