Here we are at the very beginning. We all have heard and read this story many times. We feel the darkness and the chaos, the emptiness, but instead of despair we receive the biggest blessing, light, sky, water, land, life and creativity. As Rob Bell reminds us, a vibrant experience awaits us through the Genesis story.
I noticed that our telling of creation reads like the most important “to do” list ever documented.
1. Darkness and Light, check.
2. Separate water from water, check.
3. Sea and Land, oh, and don’t forget seeds, plants and all vegetation, done.
4. Stars, a way to mark the season and passage of time, check.
5. Fill the earth with critters of all kinds, done.
6. Humans, in our image, make sure they know they are stewards of all of this, oh, and make sure they know they should multiply and fill the earth and be responsible earth dwellers, done?
7. Schedule some time off, done.
We recognize the “to do” list as our lives are full of them. Many of the things on our lists are necessary and important, and some, if we are lucky, are things we really want to do. Do we take time to rest? (Our Creator had it on the list.) Do we take time to ponder how to honor the greatest blessing of a beautiful and creative life here on planet earth? How can we make sure our “to do “ list includes things that will ensure that our lives on this planet sustain the earth at the same time we are sustaining ourselves?
Our creation story took billions of years to come to fruition, but we know that our time is finite here on earth. My friend Ann knows this first hand as she survived a double brain aneurysm. She wrote this “to do” list to herself, and stuck it onto her computer when she returned back to work. I love Ann’s list because it reminds me that our lives are meant to be much more that just survival and sustenance, but an opportunity for a rich and amazing co-creation.
Eat when you
you are tired,
with people that
remind you of
From Catherine Newman
Originally published 10/2/12