The Bible is a book of beginnings. It commences with the beginning of all things and afterwards is permeated with new beginnings. The accounts of Abraham, Moses and Jesus are all stories of new beginnings. Even the prophesied coming Kingdom is about beginning anew. Amazingly, every new beginning, whether in the Bible or in our own lives, is patterned after the first beginning: God’s ways have not changed. Through peering into Genesis 1 we are able to perceive how God mercifully creates anew each time creation falls short of his glory.
In recent years I’ve been dwelling in the beginning of beginnings. I wanted to see past the natural and into the very mystery of God. Suspended over the deep, I marveled as God’s light broke into the darkness. In awe I watched the Great Deep divide. I enjoyed the scent of fresh soil and felt the power of God’s explosive Word. I admired vegetation’s green and brown hues, and basked in life’s fresh radiance.
Yet the beginning of God’s creative works does not stop there. I stood amazed as the sun blazed out of God’s glory and the Lord set the moon in earth’s orbit. I plunged into the waters, seeing fish suffused with color. I soared with birds, light and free. I heard the bleating of sheep and viewed God (as in a mirror) through the creation of man. Exhausted and overwhelmed by the vision, I laid down to rest with the Lord. I pondered all the works of his hand and reposed in worship.
No, I did not have an open vision like some of the prophets of old. Rather, God opened the eyes of my heart. I felt like I have been there, even though I haven’t. Yet, I did take a journey—an experiential exploration—through reading in the Spirit.
In 1895 H.G. Wells published a classic entitled Time Machine. He imagined an invention that would enable us to move through time in the same way we travel through our planet. What he may not have realized is that the greatest time machine is within us. With an open heart and the wind of the Spirit we can set sail to any place God has revealed in his Word. Through reading and reflection we can be transported to another time. I would like to take you on this journey. It is not for the fainthearted, but neither is it for the overly confident. It is for the ordinary person to experience the extraordinary splendor of God through his creation. It is for you and I to discover the depths of God’s ways and to proclaim with the seraphim: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isa. 6:3). In our expedition of God’s Word we will see creation in a new light: instead of viewing it as a wall separating us from our creator, we will see the world, and the process of its creation, as a window into God’s very heart. As we enter into this adventure let us hear our heavenly Bridegroom calling:
“Arise my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” (Song of Songs 2:10-13)