Holy…

On the 7th day of creation, God took a step back and looked over at all that he had made.  He gazed upon the light and the dark, the heaven and the earth, the sun and the moon and softly sighed a long, airy sigh of contentment.  Then God noticed the sea creatures and the birds, and all of the land critters.  God chuckled to himself and smiled at the sight of animals free to explore the beauty of the lands around them.    God noticed that His human creatures were smiling too.  As God came near, the sound of laughter filled the air and God’s heart overflowed with love and joy.

All of this work of creation was so very good that God decided there needed to be a special day to give thanks.  So God, being God, and not at all afraid of being still (after all that is when we hear and see the most) decided to rest and take in all the glory of creation.

On the 7th day, God rested from all His work and decided to make this day special.  God blessed this day and made it Holy.

God blessed the 7th day and made it Holy…

It is on this day we go to our places of worship and we dream of God.  We remember all that God has given us and we give thanks.  This is the day where we lift our voices in laughter, sing praises, and offer prayers to God so we can continue filling God’s heart with love and joy.

I don’t know about you, but whenever I offer my prayers and praises to God my own heart gets filled with love and joy!  Deep within me I know this feeling is a blessing from God; a blessing that reminds me to give thanks for all of the critters, people, and light in my life.  Whenever my heart begins to feel this, I whisper “Thank you God, your world is so very good.”

And God whispers right back “You’re welcome – I think so too.”  And in that moment, I can feel God’s heart and my heart connected – resting together, giving thanks, and rejoicing in creation.  Not at all a bad way to spend the 7th day!

Crazy Good!

On the 6th day of creation, God looked out into the world and was quite pleased.  The earth was brimming with the beauty of luscious forests, cool blue rivers, and playful sea and sky animals.  But God knew there was more work to be done – something was missing.  So God, being God, and not afraid to work hard (especially when the work is so much fun) continued to create.

God created humanity in God’s own image

So God worked and worked and created all kinds of critters!  There were elegant giraffes, silly monkeys, and camels that spit!  There were wild critters, creepy critters, and the companion critters who like to sleep by your side – the snoozy cats, furry dogs, and fuzzy rabbits.

God looked around and admired all of the animals.  But God knew, as great as the animals were, he wanted something different.  Not just a critter but a creature – a being – that was more like Him.

Let’s make a being that can take care of the earth, something – someone –who is loving and kind, open and joyous, thoughtful and intelligent.  So God created man and woman.  God blessed them and told them to take care of the world, take care of all the critters, and take care of one another.

As God looked around at all that had been created, God caught a glimpse of the man and woman open up their arms to one another and hug.  In that moment, God’s heart filled with joy, and God smiled upon creation and knew that the world was beyond Good. It was crazy good. Incredibly Good.  Amazingly Good.
Absolutely, positively Good-Good-Good!!!

Blessing!

On the 5th day of creation, God looked out across the blue sky and into the deep blue waters and decided to add a little hint of color and beauty.  And God, being God, is never afraid of trying new things (especially if it means life is more colorful) and knew that seeing specks of color float across the sky and jump up out of the waters would make hearts leap with joy and happiness.

So God said, “Let the fish and sea creatures swim and swarm throughout the waters.  Birds flitter and fly throughout the sky.”

And they did!

Let the fish swim and the birds fly…

God’s heart must have been full of joy and happiness because God blessed the birds and the fish.  God offered them the whole world and commanded them to fill the space with their color and beauty.

As you can imagine, the fish and sea creatures increased and swam around each other.  They swam up to the surface of the water and some of the sea creatures even  lept right up out of the water!  I imagine they were leaping up to God sharing their joy and happiness.  The birds also soared and fluttered toward  heaven in efforts to chirp and sing praises to God.

Isn’t it interesting that God blessed the birds and the fish, and in return, the fish and birds spent their time blessing God right back!

God’s blessing is a gift – a gift of beauty, love and grace.  I can’t help but wonder, how does God bless you?  And do you, like the twirling, floating, joyous creatures of the sea and air, bless God right back?