Patricia Hofer

God’s intention in Genesis 1

The pattern surrounding the days and the nights may appear simple to us now, in comparison to the discovery of an ever-expanding universe. And yet, searching for order and purpose in life here on earth is a particularly human thing to do. In these seemingly endless rhythms of earth and sky, God has constructed a huge metaphor, an image of His depth and largeness and constancy, reassuring us from day to day and year to year. As CS Lewis wrote: “The huge dome of the sky is of all things sensuously perceived the most like infinity. And when God made space and worlds that move in space, clothed our world with air, and gave us such eyes and imaginations as those we have, He knew what the sky would mean to us. And since nothing in His work is accidental, if He knew, He intended” (Miracles 258). Whether we’re larks, greeting the morning with song, or owls, embracing the comforting and protective black velvet of the night, we are ever connected to God, to His grandeur and to His purpose. As the Genesis creation story tells us: “And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (KJV 1:5). (Drawn from Living Large, chapter 1, ©️ 1913)

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