Here and Now: Creation

In the first creation story (Genesis 1:2–2:4), we get our first look at here-and-now living.  Each “day” of creation is a way of paying attention to a particular phase of creation before we see it as-a-whole. [1]  It is as if the writer of the story wants us to meet the God who delights in details, exclaiming, “Look at this!  Notice that!”

God’s penchant for particularity is further seen in the plethora of specifics which attend each of the main words.  Take ‘fish,’ for example.  How many species of fish are there?  Multitudes to say the least.  And so it is with the rest of creation.

The grandeur of creation meets us in its innumerable people, pieces, and parts.  The sacredness of everything is revealed in the holiness of each thing.  Godliness is “here” and “now” in a magnificent parade of reality moving past us moment by moment, and in all that is made.  The detail of creation is a sign that God is a here-and-now God, and being made in the image of God, we are made to be so as well.

[1] No matter how you interpret the word “day” in the creation story, the narrative calls us to stop, look, and listen seven times.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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