We started our November series, Living Gratefully. We looked at creation as a springboard for living gratefully. Genesis 1 provides not only a picture of God's creation of the physical world, but also a lens through which we can see how He works in our own lives. In Genesis One there is first a void, a nothingness out of which God creates. At it's foundation, life is gift. Life and all we are and have is gift- a creation of the Creator. There was a void and in it's midst God created. The Spirit of God "hovered over the waters". As a mother hovers over her new child, so God hovered and continues to hover over His creation. He is a constant presence- creating, inviting and loving. Both the "darkness" and the "light" He created.
As humans, in our limited perspective, we get caught up in the "darkness" part. We label the darkness as "bad." When we are in the the midst of our own personal"darkness" we forget that God is still hovering, creating, inviting and loving. We forget that some of the worst moments in our lives really turn out to be the "best" moments. We forget that even the darkness is gift and that we aren't entitled to anything. As Job said, "naked we came into the world, naked we will go out" (Job 1:21). He understood both in his head and heart that God was good, and that he was owed nothing, everything was gift.
Job lived his life in such a way that when ALL was stripped away from him he could still respond with gratitude and faith. From years of practice and experience (Job 1:1-4), Job knew that God was good and all of life a gift. So his response to calamity was one of surrender and worship. This is the same invitation that God extends to us. He says Come! Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. (Rev 22:17) and Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him (Psalm 34:8). Every moment of every day God is inviting us to come and see that He is good and that all of life is gift. We can, with God's help, choose to look at life through this lens of gratitude. Or we can continue to fight for what we feel entitled to. The choice is ours.
" Give thanks to God for He is good."
"Everything I am and have isn't a given- it's given. Nothing is a given everything is Gift." (adapted from Ann VosKamp)
By Babs May-Clark