I have spent the last few weeks tasting a different type of living in God’s Creation. This experience has prompted me back to the beginning and to the scriptures of Genesis 1. As I study the scriptures again of how this world came to be, I think back to the memories I have from the past few weeks and the surreal and deep experience with all of God’s creation. Genesis 1 begins with light, so I will begin there as well.
God speaks of the light he created twice in Genesis 1. First he spoke of light that became the first day in Genesis 1: 1-5,
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.
5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
The second time light is found in the scripture of God’s creation was on the fourth day where the sun and the moon specifically are mentioned in scripture in Genesis 1:14-19,
14And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,
15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.
16 And God made the two great lights–the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night–and the stars.
17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,
18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
I have always loved to watch the sunset and watching the sunset is never more beautiful than over the water. I was able to experience the rising of the sun and the setting of the sun over the water for about 6 days. Each morning started with the sun peeking up over the horizon and ended as it drifted down below the water. These are moments of great beauty. Watching these events with only the rippling of the water, splashing of the fish, and songs of the birds is almost breathtaking. Words nor pictures can explain how you feel when you leave the hectic pace and disconnect yourself from it all except the beauty of his creation surrounding you. The stars of the night are spectacular, sparkling and infinite. God’s light will mean so much more as I watch it rise and set moving forward.
Genesis 1: 6-8,
6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
7 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.
8 And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
Oh how I love water. Sitting and watching the water move, waves roll, ripples on a lake or deep in the Gulf, all are music to my ears. The sound is soothing and mesmerizing. I find my peace by the water. There is nothing more beautiful than watching the sunset with the crashing waves as the music. There is something magical in God’s creation of the expanses of water for me and I am thankful that he chose to create such beauty for me to listen to, watch, and swim in. This is my happy place and one I long for each time I am away.
Genesis 1: 9-13,
9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.
10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.
12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
Just as water was so important in God’s creation, so was the beauty of the land he created. Maybe I viewed most it from the water, but finding the nature and beauty of God’s hand can be moments when you can find no words to say. Even those standing around me just stood in awe and watched it pass. What a masterpiece he has created? I long to enjoy even more of his handiwork.
Creatures of the Sea
Genesis 1: 20-23,
20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.”
21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”
23And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
While cruising through the water and God’ creation the sea creatures and the birds of the air become your constant companions. Osprey and sea gulls, and then a few unknown birds I need to look up. Each spread their wings and share their sounds as they show their curiosity of us in their space. The dolphins in the sea were constant companions either riding the bow of the boat or greeting us each evening as we set the anchor. Their curiosity was even more than the birds and we knew we were safe as we traveled and saw our daily dolphin dose. I could not get enough of the dolphins!
Creatures of the Land
Genesis 1: 24-25,
24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds–livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so.
25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Although this journey did not bring many creatures from the land our way, that we saw anyway. It does not mean that we did not appreciate the environments we saw which we knew were full of God’s creatures of the land. We do choose to spend each day with a little dog named Harley which I share just a bit with my readers each week. She is my constant reminder that God made such companions for man.
Genesis 1: 26-31,
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.
30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Sharing such an experience with my husband and good friends leave no words. Thank you God for creating me and giving me this opportunity to see your creation up close. I am hungry for more.
Colossians 1:16, For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
Chase your rainbow, I can promise you that you will not have any regrets.