“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’;
and there was light.
God saw that the light was good;
and God separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light day,
and the darkness He called night.
And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”
Genesis 1:3-5, NASB
I’ve been simplifying lately. I love cleaning out and getting back to basics. It feels good to pass on to others what’s not getting used and find simpler ways to live with what I have.
I’m also learning to simplify my time.
Too often I try to pack as much into a day as possible: Walking, reading, prayer, writing, ministry, chores, errands, cooking, cleaning, dogs, friends, and on and on the list goes. Sound familiar?
I woke up a bit overwhelmed recently, having several extra activities added to my list. Before it got the best of me, I ran up to my prayer room just as light showered the sky. I picked up my Bible and the Holy Spirit led me to Genesis, chapter 1. I didn’t get past the first five verses Immediately I was struck with the lack of anxiety or strife in the act of creation.
Here was a monumental task – changing a dark, formless, empty span of water into all we now know as earth and space. Yet Jesus did it calmly, purposefully, unrushed. He started by releasing light and separating it from darkness. He then marked the boundaries of day and night. That’s it.
Stepping back, He said, That’s good for today.
Sure, that’s huge, but there was so much more to do! Yet He chose to wait. His plan was bigger than creating things. He established a rhythm and order, setting up days and weeks. He gave us a tangible example of what the writer of Hebrews would later call, “His rest.”
He set boundaries of time and space and activity.
The next day He separated the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth and called the space between sky. Again, God stepped back and said, That’s good for today. For six days this process continued. Knowing it would not stay perfect and pure, still He moved with resolve and grace, creating life and beauty. And never once was He anxious. Amazing. From these first moments of time, Jesus set the example of “Be anxious for nothing…” and “Do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself…”
His timing, His plan, His purposes still reverberate through our every day.
As a wife and writer and musician and teacher and friend, may I look like You, God, on that first day. May I not be anxious for what’s going to get done today or undone tomorrow. May I not worry about getting it all done in one day, but move always in Your beauty and grace.
May I trust as You continue to separate and create and set straight all things in my day. May I be able to breathe out in joy each evening, “That’s good for today.” Jesus, You still work in divine patience, peace, and precision. Thank You. Thank You that I was born to witness such glory.