In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth…and God said that it was good.
Everything was perfect, in the beginning. God created space and the atmosphere, stars and sunshine, oceans and dry land, flowers and food, birds and beasts. He created everything and called it good. He created man and woman and called them “very good.”
We can overlook that all of creation is not just subject to God, but proclaims Him and honors him. Creation itself knows the true story of God and redemption and restoration. Creation longs, just as we long, because it knows beauty and it knows the complex rhythms of life put in motion and sustained by a loving and involved Creator. Creation longs because things just aren’t right. We look around and see the beauty in creation, but we also see the thorns. We see and experience death in our lives. Things decay, things mold, things age. Sickness is real, in our lives, and in the lives of animals and plants all around us. Cancer looms, pain is a daily battle for some, and famine and pestilence are reality.
But as creation longs, we too long, and we know that restoration is coming. We hold on to this promise because we have seen with our eyes redemption. All of creation has beheld the Lamb of God walking among her streets and in her gardens. Stones cry out to Him and whales sing His praise for all He has done. Christ is good and redeems that which was begun “in the beginning.”
When marriages decay or become moldy, when families find that their only refuge is Christ, then we see the truth that restoration is still to come and we long for it with the creation. When the negative impacts our lives, we can thank God for His restoration promise still to be fulfilled and thank God for the freedom that Christ has given us through His death and resurrection, to experience restoration now.
Lord, You restore. Restore us today, through Your Son. Restore us completely on the last day, to live with you forever in Paradise. In Christ we pray, Amen.