It Was Very Good

Saturday, April 12, 2003

Genesis 1:31a – And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. (KJV)

As a student of international law here in the Netherlands, I have some days that are less busy than others, with free hours to work and earn some cash. One job I particularly like is cleaning a busy lawyer's house. I have the liberty to play Christian tapes and listen to classical music as I work. Many times, after I am done with the dusting, wiping, mopping, drying, vacuuming, and ironing, I look back at what was a jumbled, untidy mess, now orderly, and I am so glad that, in two or three hours, I have been able to leave everything clean, tidy, neat, and orderly. My habit is to look back and say, "That looks very good."

In a strange way, this reminds me of our Creator. The first chapter of the book of Genesis talks of the earth being without form, dark, and empty. However, God said, "Let there be light", and thus begins the creation story. By the sixth day, God saw everything that He had made, and it was very good. Many times, our lives may seem like the dark and empty mess the earth was before creation, and we do not see any hope, or light at the end of the dark situation. We need to ask God to come in, sort our lives, place situations in order, and make things "very good".

Prayer: Heavenly Father, come into our disorderly situations and lives, and put things in order for us. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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