Well, Angry Birds Star Wars landed today and my six-year-old’s dreams have finally come true. It’s ridiculously fun. The birds have lightsabers and Mark Hamill hair. I’m expecting to spend much of my Christmas budget on Angry Birds Star Wars shirts, toys, pajamas, etc.  

In other beginnings, Friday was my baby boy’s first birthday. We are so thankful to be here after a pretty unusual year. He is doing great now, has started physical therapy, and is beginning to make progress. Progress is a gift. It’s a new item on my thankfulness list.  

In honor of his big day, and in light of Leslie’s lovely piece earlier this week, I thought I’d share a post that I recently wrote for Women at Risk, International. I am praying that you are encouraged: 

Genesis is kind of an odd place to find comfort. But, this year I’ve needed to remember who God is.

Genesis 1: 1-5 (NIV)
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated light from darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness, he called “night.” 
And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.”

Whether or not you believe in a literal seven-day creation, these verses give us some cool insights into the personality of God: 

1. Depending on where you were from in the ancient world, you may have believed that your god earned the right to control the earth by fighting other gods in a battle, or by fighting a Chaos monster. The bible is interesting, because its creation story is similar to other creation stories, yet has some important and intentional theological differences. We learn pretty quickly in Genesis that there is no battle. God, Yahweh, the God of the Israelites, does not have to earn his authority or fight any other god. He is self-existent. Meaning, he has no beginning, no end, no creator, and no competition.

2. God is powerful enough to speak and something is formed from nothing. By His voice and at His command “choas” is mastered and the world is created, and God calls that creation “good”.

3.  It’s no coincidence that one of God’s very first acts of creation is to bring light into the darkness. That’s consistent with His personality and the work He will continue to do throughout the bible, and ultimately in Jesus.

4. This is really important—God names the things He creates. The light, he calls “day.” The darkness, he calls “night.”  In the ancient world there was another belief that until a thing had a name, it didn’t have life or matter. So, anyone hearing this story, would have been like, “Ohhhh, The God of the Isrealites names the things He creates? That means He must be the source and authority of all life.”

God’s personality is such that He continually does the work of creation. Scientifically, there are something like (how authoritative is that) 400 million stars born every day. 

Even more powerful than that is the fact that God continually lightens dark places, beautifies and orders chaos. 

I want to stop and point out that we’ve only looked at the first five verse in the entire bible and already we see that God is self-existent, all-powerful, good, and the authority of all life. We could stop reading the bible right here and He’d still be worth worshiping. 

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In the last verse of Genesis one, God looks at all that He has made and calls it “very good.” 

In Hebrew, that means God’s creation has exceeding value, or even better,  is  filled with good muchness.

There’s a scene in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland where Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter is talking to Alice—He tells her she’s lost her “muchness.” Her life was out of order. She’d forgotten her genesis. 
Adam and Eve (and you and I) lost our muchness. In Christ, it is found. 

If you are struggling with shame; if you need beauty in your wasteland or light in your darkness—if you need to rediscover your muchness—be encouraged. The only self-existent, all-powerful, good, ruler of all makes everything new in Jesus.
Happy birthday to my muchness-gift from God.  

Oh, and to Bird Skywalker and Pigtroopers everywhere. 

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