In the beginning…..God created.
God created….what? Our answer is quick to recount the listing: the heavens and earth, stars, moon, sun, plants, animals, sea, sky, man, woman…life. But what if in our faithful recounting of the creation of things, we’ve totally missed the point of the creation story? What if the point of the creation story isn’t a how-to-manual for the creation of a universe, or loaded fodder for a creation vs. evolution debate?
What if there is a totally different purpose behind the creation story than just to recount the making of things?
The Genesis is the beginning thoughts about this God which we discover through the Bible. The Bible is a historical narrative revealing individual and communal stories wrestling with their inclusion in the larger God story. The creation story becomes the unveiling of who this God is and what this God is about. And so, in the beginning, we see that this God was existing in the beginning.
The story says that this God was existing before our notion of time, and His spirit was ‘hovering over the darkness and the waters.’
His Spirit was moving. He was restless amid nothingness.
It’s as if the writer wants us to know that this God isn’t satisfied just existing, which means that this God can be satisfied with something. So the writer is opening a window into the heart of God to see that this God….feels.
So this feeling God is hovering, moving from dark place to dark place, from deep water to deep water. You start to get the image that this God is everywhere. He is above all things, around all things, and in all things. He is the center for all things.
He is everywhere, and He is creating.
To create something is a work of art. Art is an expression of passion, desire, and vision. To create something is to envision something, and throw yourself into the project until it is created. And what every great artist knows is that art is love.
It’s the extension of ourselves.
And so, the God story begins with a God who is everywhere creating things that He loves and attaching His feelings to these created things.
It’s as if the writer wants us to know at the very beginning of the story:
this God loves us.