I have this thing that I keep going back to. Each year, I’ll read different parts of Scripture, but then I come back to this one passage.
Creation. I don’t know why exactly, but I’m obsessed with it. Maybe it is because I feel deep echoes in my life from the words God spoke in the midst of creation in Genesis 1 and 2. The more that I think about life, the more I am convinced that creation scene has everything to do with what is happening right now. Not just because creation started it, but because creation began the pattern of it.
One thing many Christians hold on to is that God created the earth and the trees and the koalas and the vegetables and the dolphins and the ocean and the eagle and the people to be at peace with him. The ancient word for this is shalom, but for the sake of speaking English in this blog, I’ll just say peace.
First though, I’ll bring up some attributes of shalom. After all, shalom does not just mean the absence of conflict, but it also brings to mind a tranquility of life as all parts live in harmony with each other.
Now, before God created shalom the planet in Shalom/Peace, there was a Hebrew phrase that describes what was happening. TOHU va VOHU. Which means chaos. When I think of chaos I think of being lost on a roadtrip for the seventh time with no end in sight, a baby screaming for hours without end, pots and pans being smashed together, or married couples in passive aggressive fights. The creation poem of Genesis 1:2 says, “Now the earth was formless and void” or “Now the earth was chaos and void”. So God begins to create good things, and then fill the spaces of the created order with something good.
Chapter one looks like this. God creates light, then fills it specifically with sun, moon and stars. God creates an expanse between water and sky, and then fills the sea and the sky with birds and fish and other wonderful creatures. God creates dry ground with vegetation, and then creates animals and people to inhabit the earth and enjoy it. After all this, God rests.
Once there was chaos. Now, there is order. There is meaning. There is purpose.
I know in my life, I am often in the midst of chaos. TOHU va VOHU. Things slip out of order very quickly. So here are a couple of things that does help me. I am not perfect at practicing this, but I find it quite helpful.
1. Invite the Creator to create something new in me. New hope. New love. New heart. New shalom.
2. Create space, and then fill it with the good. Sometimes, this means I have to wake up an hour early to read the Word and pray. Sometimes, this means I have to specifically create time to have a mentor pour into my life. Sometimes, this means I have to create space in the calendar to travel.
Here are some passages to meditate on. This is why creating space is so good. Because when you create space you can begin to create, or something in you can be created. Either way, creativity happens.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
“He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.” Isaiah 40:22
“Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice int he LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.” Joel 2:23
Have a great day! Take time and create space to create. Whether that is you creating something, or letting God create a new heart in you, create space to create.