TAKE A MOMENT TO BREATHE IN GOD’S PRESENCE as you begin.
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
“Making Space” by Jim Fisher
During the first day of Creation, God created space. God lifted the light out of the darkness and sent photons flying in all directions, creating an ever-expanding sphere to be filled with things that are not God.
During the second day of Creation, God made more space for more things that are not God, separating the heavens from the seas.
During the third day, God separated the seas allowing dry land to appear – land which was invited to co-create with God and bring forth vegetation, to bring forth life. But not just any life. It was life that bore fruit. Fruit that bore seeds. Seeds for more life. Life containing within it the potential for more life. Life that brings life that brings life.
And God saw that it was tov, which is Hebrew for “good” – the kind of good that brings life that brings life that brings life in all its richness and complexity.
In this season, I am thinking about making space in my life for things that are not me. Making space for family. Making space for friends. Making space for new seeds to be planted in the garden of my soul sprouting into new life that bears fruit. Making space for tov.
But you and I are so busy. Our lives are crammed so full there is barely enough time to breathe before heading back out into the traffic of life. How can there be time to add something new to the gardens of our lives? How can there be time for tov?
Does something need to be emptied from my life in order to fill it back up with something else? Does something need to die to make space for something new?
Or maybe I just need to clear away some clutter – burn that brush pile in the garden and prepare the soil to receive something new. Invite a new friend into that space. Invite God into that space. Give that space completely over to create whatever is pleasing to God – to whatever is tov.
As an image-bearer of God, I am continuing the work of the first few days of Creation. I am seeking to lovingly clear a spot in my soul for something that is not me and inviting that something into it.
I am living into what is tov.
PRAYER. God of all that is good. In this season of Lent, open us to be places that birth and bring life. May we be the presence of your tov. May we create and cultivate the space in our lives to breathe in your goodness and new life. May we live into what is tov. Amen.
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you close.