A Time for Everything: Musings on Genesis 1
God could’ve obliterated the darkness, but instead he creates light and separates it from the darkness, allowing dark and light to exist side by side. The light helps us to comprehend the darkness. The light, he says, is “good.” (As opposed to “not good”? Is it possible to be “not good”– or even “bad” this early in the game?)
Time is one of the first things God puts in place. He starts the timer on himself, marking off the days of his creation with intervals of light and darkness. God doesn’t so much create time, as he creates an awareness of time. In what was supposed to be an endless existence, he gives us perspective, an opportunity to notice the passage of time, to know where we exist on the continuum.
God could’ve created a static universe, calling into being all the people and all the creatures — a single beginning made to continue in perpetuity. Instead, he sets in motion a cycle of creation, creatures becoming creators, creating in their own image.
God gives all living creatures the power to procreate, but only humans are empowered to create in the image of God. We’re commanded to populate the earth with others who resemble him. Funny that we need each other to do this. God doesn’t make it a solo endeavor. We’re meant to get along, to get close and intimate. One man, one woman.
We can mix it up if we choose, even change the numbers, but it only works one way. Blame it on evolution. (I’m kidding). Only two kinds of parts fit together. We have to bridge the gap of understanding between the sexes, make a connection from Mars to Venus.
At the end of creation, God rests. Why does he rest? Is he tired? Everything about creation has a rhythm. Nothing just goes on like a constant, unchanging blast of a horn. There are seasons and intervals, a time for everything. For six days God created, and then it was time to pause.
I don’t know why this is, or why God commands us to rest as he did. But it does tell me that down time is good, and change is expected and healthy.