February 27

God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

-- Genesis 1:31-2:3

How does this make you think of God? Does it make you think of the immensity of the universe, the immensity of time, the birth of all that we know? Is this some incomprehensible being or do you think of God as some old, tired man?

Genesis means beginning, and in this beginning a creator of infinite wisdom and power sanctified the Sabbath. When you make something in arts, crafts, music sewing, cooking machinery....does this make you feel satisfied? You have created something from chaos. Think how God felt when the earth was done.

When I think of creation I think of the miracle of birth, not only of a child but of the earth itself. We care and nurture a child, watching it grown as God did with our planet. This is a beautiful story of how the world came into being by the will and power of God. It is an amazing miracle. It is hard to imagine a force so strong and mighty, especially one that is not seen or heard.

As I grew, I think I placed my expectations on God – to be like a superhero, to stop suffering, dispatch the guilty and vindicate my faith. But God's solutions are not like those of superheroes. His solution is to be there in times of trouble, gladness and sorrow through prayer. He is always with us; He cares about us and loves us.

Prayer:

I pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, A mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith in God, our creator. Amen.

-- Gwen Fraser