Creation and My Mother
As I sit in the waiting room while my mother is having surgery on her foot, I was reading through Genesis 1 in the Bible. As I read through the passage the following questions came to mind, â€œWhy did God not just create everything in a single moment? Why spread it out over six days? Why not create the entire universe or â€˜creationâ€™ in a single instance?â€
Genesis 1 â€œIn the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. . . And God said, â€œLet there be light,â€ and there was light. 4Â And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. . . . 7Â And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8Â And God called the expanse Heaven.3 And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. . . â€œ and so on and so forth for all six days of creation.
It could have been to show the importance of how the sky or heavens are above the earth, and therefore attach some kind of theological significance; or, to show the separation of light over darkness, etc.â€¦ But couldnâ€™t we just discern these things from the completed creation? I think so.
I believe that God broke creation down into steps or days to show a process. He desires to move from one thing to another, from one moment to another moment. Time had never existed before creation, so His ability to show process is significant. He gives order and how elements work together in creation â€“ but in time these elements change how they work together. In eternity there is the eternal present, and any reference to time is insignificant.
Creation Teaches Us About Relationships:
1)Â Â Creation teaches us that every aspect of creation is important and significant. It is given its own day, or part of a day in the creation account. Each day therefore is important. Each aspect of creation is highlighted. Â Man was created with a need for a woman. Creation was created with a need for something to have dominion over it. We are linked together, and each part is important.
2)Â Â There is the development of marriage and relationships, which develop, grown, deepen, and change over time. Having been married for over fifteen years, I love my wife differently than how I loved her the day we were wed. My relationship with my mother has changed as well. She is still my mother, but how we relate to each other has changed over time. She was once my caretaker and provider, now she has moved to friend and dearly loved person that I find myself helping to care for. Â Not only can you know a person (which is a great blessing), but at different stages of the relationship you experience life differently with them. We can only speculate as to what a perfect marriage would have been like, and how their love for each other would have grown deeper over time apart from sin. Or as parents and children would have grown to love each other in a perfect Eden.
3)Â Â God would come in the cool of the day and speak with Adam and Eve. This shows that God intended for mankind (His children) to have an ever-changing relationship with Him as well. The time they would spend together would help them to love Him more, and to understand Him at a deeper level.Â He has designed us to take in information over time, in segments, instead of some kind of instant download as in a Matrix movie.Â In many ways the work we are to do in this life is the work of deepening relationships with others and our God.
4)Â Â God, in this time with mankind in the cool of the day, would show them their purpose, responsibilities, and how to work for/serve God in such a way that brings Him glory. As a minister, parent, husband, friend, son, etc. I have grown in my knowledge of how to bring glory to God with my life. I am not as faithful to that knowledge as I would like to be, but it is true that God teaches you how to live for Him over time. There are even specific things that we need to learn at different stages of life.Â Stages and processes allows mankind to learn, grow in depth of love for others and God, and to experience life differently.
5)Â Â Lastly, I believe that Godâ€™s grace is shown to us in the creation account. There were seven days where everything was perfect, but it would not be very long before sin entered into the world. But the days donâ€™t stop, the sun doesnâ€™t stop shining, and the fish still swim in the sea. Life continues onward. Every day you get to start over. Every season you can plant again (even if the previous year was a disaster). Every year brings new opportunities to learn how to live life differently.
I am thankful for my mother, her provision, her friendship, and continuing love. I am also thankful for Godâ€™s Word and how it allows us to see life through His perspective. I am thankful for another season of life to know new people, and to experience the older ones at a different level.