BY ANSLEY SCHRIMSHER
Imagine the beginning of the story, when all of creation was still just a word that hadn’t quite reached the tongue of God. All that has ever been was still just a divine thought awaiting permission to come into being… to become.
When the Uncreated began to create and spoke first light into existence, He did it ex nihilo. He created “from nothing”. As His Spirit hovered over the formless and void earth, over the face of the waters, His voice was all that was necessary to create. “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Hebrews 11:3). The natural world emerged from the supernatural.
His will came forth with power to create life. His breath came forth to make us in His perfect image. God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7 NIV). He saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good.
But then sin entered creation. With humanity’s rebellion, the intimate connection was broken and we were separated from our Creator. Though our bodies didn’t die that day, our ability to know God and live in His presence was corrupted. Our hearts turned from love and communion to power and production. We became blind to the bigger story lived in community and began writing our own stories in isolation. Souls overwhelmed with God’s peace and presence were reduced to schedules overwhelmed with striving and struggle. Our spirits exchanged life and truth for death and lies.
Every fiber of our beings long to rediscover the goodness of the garden. We hope to walk with Him again in the cool of the day and fully reflect the goodness and splendor of our original design. We claim the promises that in Christ we have been, are being, and will be fully reborn, renewed, reconciled and altogether re-created into His perfect image to enjoy His perfect union (Colossians 3:10).
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