Picture with me the dawn of creation. God turned on the light, so to speak, and separated the waters, causing dry land to appear. In my mind I see a soggy brown blob floating in space. Interesting, perhaps, but definitely showing no promise of further possibilities.
If I had been there and brashly assumed I had any influence at all, I would have counseled Him to forget the whole uninspiring and unattractive project.
But wait! Faint shades of green began to show up as the herbs and grasses commenced to grow. Splashes of color announced the arrival of flowers; still other types of plant life grew taller. Wow, trees! Could it be that this creation thing had more promise than a first glance would indicate? It must be, because soon the sky above had a sun and a moon and countless stars.
Things were now getting interesting indeed. But believe it or not, these were just the basics.
Within days the earth became inhabited with creatures that were separate from the earth. Birds flitted among the trees, and fish swam in the waters. Animals and all sorts of other creatures roamed about. And amazingly all of this stuff could even reproduce. Who would have thought?! Surely God had done an amazing job with His formerly unpromising project.
But wait again. The Bible goes on to tell us that the Lord God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7 NKJV) Now, surely, all the hidden promises of this earth had been offered up.
This story of creation is beautiful but was blighted with the arrival of sin and the ultimate fall of creation. For many centuries people struggled by, eking out a living with primitive and basic tools. Though such wonders as the wheel literally lightened the load, and parchment replaced stone for writing on, things still remained primitive and basic. Scribes spent untold hours hunched laboriously over their work of inscribing symbols onto scrolls. Messages were hand carried through frequently dark and dangerous terrain before reaching their destination. Travel was afoot or horse, camel, or donkey-back.
By stark contrast, today we have rapid modes of transportation and communication. Would those long ago scribes have believed the day would come when it would be ordinary to machine-write a message and have that message appear instantly on screens thousands of miles away? Would the traveler laboring with his mule through a treacherous mountain pass to the neighboring village believe that one day a super highway would run through that same pass carrying speeding vehicles to the village in minutes? Or that an airplane could whisk travelers across a continent in less time than he could travel a few miles at the pace he was forced to go?
Remember the soggy brown blob? Despite dismal appearances, the promise of further creations dwelt within: Trees, grass, and even humanity. And even as the scribes, messengers and travelers labored, all of the raw materials for the wonders we take for granted were in the earth waiting to be discovered. Promises and potentials abounded, and science assures us that we still haven’t begun to find it all.
Man was created from the dust of the earth, the very same earth that we now know holds endless discoveries and promises. In addition to that, the Creator of all this wonder breathed into his nostrils the Breath of Life. This being so, then what wondrous precious promises do we carry within us, just waiting to unfold under His control as we yield to Him?
Sometimes I look at myself and see only that soggy brown and unpromising blob and would counsel Him to forget the whole project. He reminds me of the wonders He has already wrought in situations where it looked impossible. We hold great promise and are of such value that God sent His own Son to die, to redeem the vast and beloved treasure that we are. He sees the promise that we cannot see.
“God, we invite you deep into our hearts, beyond the deception of weary days, satanic lies, discouragement, doubt and pain. Fulfill your Promises to us, in us, and through us. Guide us to our full and amazing potential in you as you help us surrender control to you. Help us to see possibilities in the impossible. Amen.”