"By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible" (Hebrews 11:3).
I take the creation story for granted. I know that I do. I believe that God created the world out of absolutely nothing, and I just don't give it another thought.
But I need to. Right now.
If we look at the book of Genesis we read the familiar story of the creation of the world. We learn of how in the beginning the earth was formless and empty and darkness was everywhere, and here is where the Spirit of God hovered.
And then God began to create. On days 1 -3 God separated and gathered and gave our world form. He separated the light from the darkness. He separated the waters below from the sky. He gathered the waters and formed the seas and gathered the land and formed dry ground. On days 4 - 6 God made and filled the earth, removing the emptiness. He produced plants and trees. He produced the sun and the moon and the stars. He produced the living creatures - animals and man.
God called in to existence the things that did not exist.
As I stand in rubble of my current situation, it feels like everywhere I look I see devastation. There seems to be emptiness, little form and darkness, much like the beginning.
The God who gave form and who filled the emptiness can do, may I be so bold and trusting to say will do, the same thing in our lives. He comes in and gives our life purpose and shape and He fills the emptiness with Himself and life.
Let me say it again, God calls in to existence the things that did not exist. It is hard to imagine what God is doing. We can look around and say, "Lord, how are you going to use all of this? How can you take this rubble and do anything with it?" However, God not only can take things and make them new, He can take nothing and make it in to something. God does not just recycle, He creates.
Lord, as we look at our lives today, help us to remember that you created the world out of nothing. Help us to believe that You can do the same thing in our own lives, more than we could have ever hoped for or imagined. And we can hope that it will be as lovely as the natural creation that You brought in to existence. Maybe even lovelier.