01.08.14 Insight Post

I think the story of creation is one of the most beautiful stories in the Bible. It’s a story that most of us are at least a little familiar with. Sometimes things that are familiar can become overlooked as our mind goes into neutral, not expecting anything new from something so known. I challenge you to read this story again as if you were reading it for the first time and look for the beauty and elegance in it, but also the incredible picture of hope that it paints. Our God is infinitely creative. He spoke our world into existence with great attention to detail. I supposed he could have just said, “World” and it all would have come into being, but He didn’t. He took His time and created layer by layer, pausing to enjoy each addition. The amazing diversity of His creation is staggering. But, the part of His creation that was the crown, the thing that made Him say, “It’s VERY good”, was us. Out of all that He created, we got to be His image bearers. Can you even begin to grasp that today? You were made in the image of God, the one who created the heavens and the earth. You were the part of His creation that He chose to make most like Himself with feelings and emotions and the capacity to love and be loved. YOU. He chose YOU. I see so much hope in this story for each of us. First of all, God loves us – not just a little, but a lot. One of the “O” words that describes God is Omniscient which means that He is all knowing. Nothing is hidden from Him. He knows everything that has happened and everything that will happen in the future. Knowing that we would disobey Him, choose to make our own way apart from him, and not return the love that He offers didn’t stop Him from creating us and ultimately making a way for us to return to Him. The care that He took in creation is the same care that He takes with our lives every day. We are loved right where we are. Another piece of hope that I see is that because our God is a creator, He doesn’t just patch things up, He makes things new. He creates something out of nothing and He longs to do that within each of us every day. He can take a heart of stone and turn it into a heart of flesh. He can take the biggest mess or heartache and make something beautiful out of it. He can take the unlovely and make it stunning. Our God is amazing. I pray that your eyes are opened to the wonder of that today. Kim Feld Director of Small Group Ministry New Hope Church kim.feld@newhope.org 703.971.4673 Ex. 108

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