Creation Has A Ring To It . . .
Creation Has A Ring To It . . .
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1 (NIV)
Twenty years ago on a clear-as-crystal spring night, I saw Saturn for the first time, thanks to the Shreveport-Bossier Astronomical Society and their Star-Gazing events.
Saturn looked just as it looks in the science books or the World Book. Rings and everything. I had to step back from the telescope and look at the sky, at that little spec of light among all those other lights, then re-look in the telescope at what was a miracle created from nothing. One of the coolest things I've ever seen.
Of all the moments you might wish to have witnessed . . . parting of the Red Sea, building of the Great Pyramids, Don Larsen's perfect game (just randomly thinking here), and I'd have loved to have seen any of those, and maybe will one day be allowed to . . . imagine being there with the Trinity at the moment of creation. You are hanging around B.C. (Before Creation), B.T. (Before Time), and then God speaks into being the universe. Not just the Milky Way, but one billion other galaxies (give or take; I'm trusting astronomers here).
Nothing . . . and then the heavens and the earth, what's above and what's below. "And the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters . . .." Imagine that . . .
God created perfect order and harmony, and we fouled that up. He created a way to heal that too, and he has, in Christ Jesus. One day, the redeemed will be in the Garden again, Satan will be destroyed, and we will be back in a creation that doesn't have alarm clocks or death, sin or injustice.
The rings around Saturn were created with design and purpose; I won't pretend to know what that purpose is. (Technically, I'm sure it has something to do with something!) But God's word tells us we were created with design and purpose too. We have studied in Sunday school lately that the purpose is to live in fellowship with Him. We are to do our part in re-ordering the world, as the hands and feet of Jesus.
In an awesome way, the thought of creation can be overwhelming. And in a dangerous and lonely way, the weight of what we've done to creation and what we've done through poor and painful choices, can be even more overwhelming. But surely, as God says in His word, a holy being who set the stars in space and brought order out of emptiness can bring order out of the emptiness each of us has felt, or feels now. Step One might be to ask Him to do just that. On your knees, with nothing more than a heart in need of an eternal divine hug, give Him a ring.
"My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise." Psalm 51:17 (NIV)
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