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.”
VOID. Emptiness. Silence of time and space, until… Light appeared.
Ever wonder what God was thinking when He stepped into time? Ever consider what made Him break the silence to exhale the roaring seas and tree-arched earth into being?
Ever consider the thoughts that forced sirens of rising waters, the mountainous cracks to matter, or the flashes of organic life?
Recently I read a quote that stirred my thinking on these questions. Mental wonderings about the beginning of time and God’s desire to create man lead me to a place of understanding something different about God’s love for me. It became a shepherd’s hook to my thinking, or a gentle guide of better understanding God’s first desire. The quote is from Priscilla Shirer’s book Discerning the Voice of God: “God has taken upon Himself the burden of responsibility for communicating with you.”
I never fully understood communion with God was a privilege He took on from the beginning of time. Creativity’s mission was born at the thunderous unfolding of the heavens. The dust that parted the waters generated an interactive purpose: God’s thinking held within it the plan of communicating— with me and you.
Evidence of God’s continued desire to be in a relationship with us is shown in the Old and New Testament scriptures through prophets, angelic announcements, and the legends of faith like Abraham, Noah, Deborah, Esther, and Jacob. It was over 2000 years ago that God’s desire to communicate became evident.
And we know that God spoke to Moses.
Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.
The word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest.
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John.
God spoke first. He made the first move by initiating a conversation with each of those He wanted to communicate with. He did not require them to scale a 25 foot wall, or say 45 different prayers in 12 languages, or mention scripture enough until He turned his head. God’s head did not actually turn in reaction to us. Why? Because before the beginning of time no one stood waving to God for help. God did not create earth in order to respond to us. He spoke life into being in order to be in conversation with us and through us.
Immanuel: (the) God (who started the conversation) with us.
So we could know Him and experience His love.
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.
The fact that God delighted to communicate with us from the beginning of time makes my heart swell. The idea that He started a great adventure because He deemed it valuable shows how He views us. We are valued, DEEPLY. It was before the first morning light on earth that God’s thoughts were toward us and toward making himself known to us. God took on that responsibility because He found immense merit in it. And that is exactly what GREAT love does: it takes on the precious responsibility of someone else’s inexplicable joy.