In the Beginning

Wendy Pope

Day: 1 | Plan: Genesis

Today's Reading: Genesis 1

Genesis 1:1 (NIV) “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Every time I read the creation story, I love to imagine what each stage of creation might have looked like. Remember slide projectors? That’s how I see the story…one slide at a time.

Picture it: the Trinity is together. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit hover over the dark, empty, formless mass called Earth. In an instant, light appears! Then oceans. Then plant life. Then animals.

There’s great promise in the genesis of anything. So much hope and promise. May I share a secret with you? I’ve not always been a fan of beginnings. Creation is an exception, because I know what lies ahead. However, new seasons in my adventure with the Lord are unformed, unknown and uncertain. These “uns” used to leave me paralyzed with a spirit of fear, powerless to enjoy the adventure. Maybe you can relate.

We can have confidence in every new beginning with our great In the Beginning God. He is an expert in bringing beauty and order to all the “uns” that leave us fearful to embrace the genesis He sets before us.

The same God who created the world in splendor created you and me for great works. When we sense His hovering, let’s grip the genesis of the new season with confidence.

Prayer: Lord, help me to be a beginner embracer. New beginnings give me an opportunity to trust You. I want my faith to grow and beginnings are part of the growth. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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