Tuesday, July 31, 2007

In the Beginning......God ! (Gen. 1:1)

I love beginnings. I love that moment when I have a sewing project in mind. The supplies are purchased, the workroom is in order and I am ready to begin. In my mind I see the finished product – perfect and exactly as I envision it will be.
No mistakes have yet been made, no frustration with uncooperative materials, no interruptions, no broken needles or snapped thread, no disappointment that a part or whole is less than I hoped.

I wonder if that is how God felt when He hovered over the waters six thousand years ago.
Did He see only the finished perfect end of His plan? Or did He linger over the problems, the struggles, the disappointments, the calamities, the horrors, the sin, the evil that would cover the time between the ‘beginning’ and the ‘end’.
Did He hesitate deciding whether or not the creation He was about to speak into being would be worth His anguish and pain?

When my finished product is ready for unveiling to the public eye, no one sees the redos, the adjustments, and the compromises that were part of the construction of the project. All the public sees is what it was meant to be all along.
Will it be that way for God too?
When finally He comes for His bride, and transforms this old earth into the New Jerusalem forever, will He give it His stamp of approval and say “It is good!” - forgetting the price it cost Him, a price that included the life of His Son?

I think about each day being a beginning… a day that is a blank and unsullied slate on which I will write my thoughts, my words, my actions.
Each morning it is clean and pure, but when I look at it at the end of the day, how does it look? Is it something I would delight to frame and hang on the wall for all to see? Is it neatly notated with a lovely script or is it haphazardly scrawled in black, a slate I wish I could just wipe clean or hide in the bottom drawer?

What if I took the words ….”In the beginning ….God”….. and made them my motto to live by.
If I begin each day with…… God – putting Him first, seeking His kingdom instead of my own. It I put Him in the beginning of my day … would He not still be there at the end? And be able with a smile to put His signature at the bottom of my day’s slate?

And what if I place my motto before my mouth …. “In the beginning….God”….
If I think of Him before I speak, if I test my words to see if they are godly and kind.

What if I consider…..”In the beginning ….God”….. Before I turn on the TV or the radio, sit down at the computer or look at videos, books, magazines, movies?

What if I let….”In the beginning…. God”…. rule how I act or react, how I make my plans, how I dress or spend my money?

What if I give God the beginning of every moment…. rather than call out to Him to help me when I get bogged down in the mire of my own reasonings, my own plans, my own desires, my own wrong choices or dire consequences.

Human history proves that to come to the place where putting God first is our natural response takes heart resolve and mental will power.
What comes natural is say ‘Me do it!” - to do our own thing ,follow our own inclinations, our own plans, our own desires and only when we run into problems do we think to involve God.

In the beginning … God.
The first words in the bible, the only how-to book ever written that will guide us safely through life and into eternity.
Perhaps we need to stop with those first four words, and only when we get them right and worked into our daily lives, continue to read the rest of the book.


Monkey Giggles said...

Thank you for this post. I love new beginnings. I am grateful that I serve an Almighty God who gave me a "NEW BEGINNING" and who forgives me..when I blow it. Have a smiling day.

Lovella said...

wonderful thoughts to ponder this morning.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

After three full days of frustrating sewing, with one dress quite nice and another not fit for viewing, I really understand what you are saying.

Carolanne said...

Yes, I like that idea. "In the beginning,God....."

I also like Lam. 3:21-23 where it reminds us that the Lord's mercies are new every morning.

New beginning of a new day and God's mercy and compassion is still new. :)