Well here we are after the holidays, back to school. For our family, that means daily doses of home-schooling. My youngest daughter is 6 years old, almost 7, and she is currently going through the Christian Liberty Press Science book, The World God Made.
It's a book designed to expose Kindergarten children to a world of basic science, explaining to them first and foremost Genesis 1:1 ” In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” She really enjoys it and the lessons open up further opportunities for me to share with her some unique trivia about God's creation, such as, the waters above the waters.
“And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.” Genesis 1:6-7 (NIV)
I love teaching about this. I didn't learn this until I was an adult. For the past 30+ years, I just thought God took all the water on Earth and divided them into the oceans. I thought that's what that verse meant. It wasn't until a few years ago that I learned that on Day 2 of creation God created a bubble of water surrounding the Earth to protect the things and inhabitants on it. The water surrounding the Earth was divided from the oceans by the firmament, (the sky). It never rained on Earth until Noah's flood. The flood was that bubble of water being destroyed. After the flood, we were not protected as much from the sun and UV rays, etc. Before the flood, people lived a long, long time. After the flood, life spans got shorter and God made it rain from time to time to provide us with fresh water and a continuation of certain life and water cycles.
This is just one example of the great intricate detail God exhibited on creation. Everything that was made has a reason and purpose, and each thing is uniquely designed from the inside out to meet that purpose. It's beyond my comprehension, especially when it comes to the miracle of life.
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
We are created in the image of God. That in itself is incomprehensible. Wow, what a privilege. Also, take a moment to think how life is created. In case there are young ones reading this, I won't go beyond calling it the ” birds & the bees.” However, you know what I'm saying here. Each of us starts out as little human cells so tiny that they cannot be seen with the human eye and yet within 6-9 weeks gestation, a heartbeat can be heard. Somewhere between 12-20 weeks, an ultra sound can tell Mom & Dad if they have one or more babies and if they will have a boy or a girl. By the end of a 40 week pregnancy, those tiny unseen cells that began their work 10 months earlier are usually an average 6-8 pound baby that looks a little like Mom and a little like Dad and was created in the image of God. How cool is that!
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” John 1:1-4 (NIV)
God made it all and God is a proud Papa who wants to keep His children close. We learn all of this by studying His Word and reflecting on His ways and His love for us. He doesn't want any of us to be separated from Him. Although it is our choice to decide whom we will serve and follow, God made a way for all to come to Him through the blood of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3″16 (NIV)
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (NIV)
“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19 (NIV)
May you reflect on the fact that God made it all and He will get the glory from it all.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14 (NIV)