“Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” Before God created man he filled the earth with testimonies of his life and glory. The waters below teemed with swarms of living creatures and the skies above him were permeated by birds––birds that flew, sung and nested. Every bird and creature of the sea is a witness that man is not alone—he shares the gift of life with other creatures. It is also a picture that God is a God of extravagant life and that the truth of grace surrounds us. No matter where we look there is life and activity, growth and reproduction. We cannot escape God’s creative Word, a Word that is always speaking even if there is no Bible at hand.
The order of God’s creation on the fifth day is significant. God first fills the deep before he furnishes the heights. In other words, before the Lord creates the visible, he makes that which is more often than not hidden from the human eye. This parallels with God’s work in our lives: he starts filling our depths before furnishing what people can see. He starts with the roots before the trunk and branches. The work of God in our deeps always preceeds our visible freedom and liberty in God.