|Posted on November 25, 2019 at 8:45 AM|
Are you thankful for creation?
I was looking in the Book of Genesis the other day, re-reading the stories of Creation. Did you know there are two stories in Genesis! The first (in Chapter 1) recounts the tale of how God formed the earth, creating everything out of nothing over a period of six days. The second (in chapter 2) gives the story of the Garden of Eden and deals mostly with the creation of man.
These stories in Genesis may or may not be factual. They were stories written for the people of long ago to try to explain in a way man could understand what happened when God created the world. I believe these stories to be true, at least in a sense. I believe God DID create our world. He created the heavens and the earth, He created the sun moon and stars, He parted the waters and the land, and He formed plants and animals to populate the world. And I believe He created man in His image.
Whether all this happened over six “human” days or six “God days” I cannot say. But the timing doesn’t matter to me. And whether it happened exactly as the Bible states, or whether there was some kind of “Big Bang” involved is of no importance to me either. What matters to me is that creation exists.
Yes, I know there are people who would argue that our world came about by chance. And I suppose that is possible. But looking at the complexity of our Earth and all its parts and gazing into the vast universe at the millions of stars out there, it just makes sense to me that there is a God who created it all.
I find myself continually in awe of the immensity, diversity and beauty of creation on our planet Earth. We have millions of creatures! Scientists say there are over 17,500 species of butterflies, and there are more than 20,000 species of plants that fall just into the daisy family. Amazing!
Humans are the most complex creatures of all. Humans have the ability to give to and love each other, and the capacity to create marvelous things ourselves. But we also can use our gifts for evil, and we have the ability to harm creation including each other.
Despite these not-so-good attributes, man is still a pretty amazing creation. We are blessed to live in a world filled with extraordinary things, and most of us have more than we really need to survive. Our world is a pretty awesome place, and I am a rather wonderful creature myself. Sure, I have faults and I may not win any earthly beauty contest, but I have some other amazing characteristics and talents that I can use to help and encourage others.
In this week of Thanksgiving, hopefully you will be able to take a break from your usual work. I imagine many of you will be spending time with family and friends. You may also enjoy a plentiful meal, play a few games, and share laughter and stories.
I hope that as a part of your celebration that you will also set aside a little time to think about all of the creation that you enjoy in some way. Maybe you could even consider what would life be like WITHOUT some of the things God has given you. And then I encourage you to give thanks – not only for the food and fun, but for God’s creation and every blessing that you have in your life.
Have a blessed Monday!
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