Tuesday of the Baptism of our Lord – Genesis 1:1-5

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

My old Dentist, Dr. Bob, was a Lutheran. I do not think he went to church much anymore, but he had at one time. He knew I was a pastor and would often talk about faith and religion while my mouth was filled with various instruments and his gloved fingers. I think he liked the idea that the preacher had to be quiet. Once, while I was captive on his chair, he told the story of when he had lived in California. His parish was conducting a service out in the local forest one summer day and the pastor tapped him to read the scripture reading. It was a last-minute request. These services often are often taking off with a limited flight plan. There was a misprint in the bulletin and instead of “Genesis 1:1-12” it indicated “Genesis 1-12” as the reading. He thought this a little ambitious, but it was a different service. He was handed a Bible and started in. He was well into chapter 3 before his pastor finally came up to him and said, “That’s enough, Bob.”

My friends who are physicists tell me that the universe is exceedingly fine-tuned, so much so that it seems almost designed for life. Change just one little thing and the universe would be a very inhospitable place or might not be able to exist at all. This observation and suggestion that there is One who tunes the universe is not something which will ever satisfy the objection of a thoroughgoing skeptic. For the believer, however, that fine-tuning makes a lot of sense. God said, “Let there be light,” and what wonderful light it is.

My dentist and his pastor could not even get the bulletin right for that service in the park, with humorous results. God got the universe right, in fact He got it just so. I think we spend a great deal of time concerned about many questions which Genesis 1 raises for us, so much so that we miss what it is really trying to say to us about the fact that God made me and all creatures, we are His, obliged to keep His rules, subject to His judgment, and objects of His attentive love.

Take a moment today. Observe the light streaming around you. Is it glistening off fresh snow? Is it diffused through rain clouds? Did it fall on a beautiful leaf or a make a rainbow in an icicle hanging off your eave? God made that light. He made it for you. Thank Him.

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