Genesis: Less is More

My second night on campus provided me with one of the most spiritual experiences of my life.  In a small informal recital hall off of the main auditorium and chapel space, all God’s children were welcome to gather and praise Him.  A group of students lead us in contemporary Christian songs, a Bible passage was read, one of the campus pastor’s offered us some words and then allowed us time for reflection.  This year we are focusing on the story of Creation.  Genesis.  New life.

I heard a story that I’ve heard a thousand times.  How God created the earth.  The seas.  The sky.  The plants.  The sea creatures.  The birds in the sky.  Land mammals.  Humans in His own image and likeness.  I know the story.  I know how it goes.  But in that room with so many faith-filled people, ready and willing to share their faith with me, each other, and the world, I learned something about a story I could practically recite in my sleep.

To quote our pastor more or less: “At night, God looked at what He’d created.  He saw the earth and seas and sky and said, ‘This is enough.  Life is good.’  He wasn’t like ‘oh my gosh!  I forgot to create the sun and the moon and the stars!  And I didn’t have time for the animals!’  No!  He said, ‘This is enough.  Life is good.’  And on the eighth day, he rested.”

This is something we all need to learn.  We are too consumed with more, more, more!  There’s always one more thing to get done before the day is out.  There’s always one more thing that we could get done before the day is out.  But we need to learn when to say “This is enough.  Life is good.”  God clearly understood that less is more (need we go into the loaves and fish story?  Less definitely becomes more!).

Our pastor had us do an exercise.  She asked each of us to look at our hand for a minute straight in complete silence.  To learn the bumps, the texture.  How do our nails look?  Have we been biting them?  Is there a hangnail?  It seemed strange at first, but once we took the time to comply with her simple request, we noticed beauty in the world that we encounter every day.  All the time, actually.  Beauty that we just skid right over because we are so busy doing more, more, more.  Even those moments of realizing the beauty of God’s creation are prayers.  They are oneness with self and with the universe.  They are breath; they are healing.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”  -Matthew 6:25-27,

And so, what do we have to worry about?  God will take care of us.  But we need to do our part in recognizing His greatness and glory and serving His people.

This is enough.  Life is good.  Thank you, God.



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