Beauty of the Day

Semi-religious post up ahead. More like musings, but just thought some of you might appreciate the warning.

One of the heads of the Department has been dropping off copies of “Our Daily Bread”, which is a daily devotional book with suggested readings from the Bible and themes to reflect on throughout the day (I’d get the Shalom but let’s be honest here, I stopped being such a religious a long time ago). I’ve not touched it except once or twice (if at all) until last Monday (3 March). Don’t know why but I opened it and read up on the reading of the day, which was about Christ’s Temptation. Was amused by the title of the reading in Our Daily Bread which said, “Master of Restraint” and did not really give much thought to it. Truth to be told, I don’t really identify with most of the New Testament, if only because I’m familiar with the Gospels and I don’t quite like the Acts of the Apostle (considered to be two most “important” books of the New Testament). Don’t even ask me about Paul’s many letters.

What was it about today’s reading of Genesis Chapter 1, verses 1-13 that made me want to write about it?

It’s just the beauty of an Earth newly-formed, newly-created as nothing more than a marble filled with water floating around in the dead of space. Then there was light, the parting of the sky from the sea and the land from the sea. If you think about it, it’s a pretty awe-inspiring image. Reading the New International Version of the Bible made it even more imaginable: our planet Earth is nothing more than a marble in space with water being the glass that surrounds the marble.

When you think about that, it puts things into perspective, really. We’re all just small specks on this Earth. That’s all we are. When we leave this Earth, we’ll be leaving memories behind, but those memories will only live on with the rest of humanity, or whichever part of humanity that we interacted with. When humanity is gone, no one will remember us.

Really does make you appreciate the present moment, doesn’t it?

Said reading below cut!

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

2 Now the earth was [a] formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and He 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.

6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

1. Genesis 1:2 Or possibly became