Today we read about the 6th and 7th day of creation. In the rhythm of the first creation story, we read about God creating humankind. I enjoy reading these words in the rhythm in which they are written. There is a type of cadence that follows in the creation story. Read selected verses from the passage again…slowly and hearing this rhythm.
God said: “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and the birds of the air and over the cattle and over all the wild animals of the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:26-27
God saw everything that he had made and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning the sixth day.” – Genesis 1:31
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. ” – Genesis 2:1-3
As I slowly read the story in cadence, I heard three things to ponder today.
1- There is a rhythm of life that God has set forth for us. In order to get a God-sized perspective on life, we need to pay attention to the patterns all around us. I am reminded of going to Western Kansas and seeing the sun rise and set. The rhythm of the day continues no matter what. We are a part of this rhythm. This is good to remember today.
2. Each of us are created in the image of God. This affects how we see ourselves and other people. This is a biblical concept that really transforms how we see ourselves and each other. A great concept to ponder.
3. Rest. On the 7th day, God rested. One of the 10 commandments is to keep the Sabbath holy, also meaning for us to rest. Wayne Mueller has a great book entitled Sabbath – that helps us keep this rhythm of rest in our lives. Resting and keeping Sabbath helps us find life.
So today, may we find a rhythm to our day, remember we are made in the image of God and find moments of rest. Enjoy your day!
Finding this rhythm in our life is so important for us to find life. Today focus on one of these ways to find God’s perspective in life.