Saturday, January 4, 2014

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Genesis

I really enjoy how active some Christian authors are on social media.  One of those authors Tricia Goyer can be found in several different places on the web.

It is through following her on Facebook that I found out about the "Women's Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year."  Interest piqued I took a look and found the nook version on sale, so I purchased it.  Then I found that she had started a Facebook group, so that women from around the world could read and discuss together.

These are two things I've never done.  Participated in an online study group of sorts, and read through the entire bible, let alone reading it in a year.

That being said I decided to jump on board.  Four days in and I'm on track.  I'm hoping it lasts.

Day one I read something in a way that I never had before.  I've read Genesis 1 countless times throughout my life… God creates the heavens and the earth, oceans and land, animals of many kinds.

Genesis 1:4
God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 
 God called the light "day" and the darkness he called "night."

Here is what struck me, God didn't take away the darkness.  He separated it.  It wasn't diminished, hidden or tucked away in a corner.  It was given attention.  It's own proper time.  Just like the light.  

I had what Oprah Winfrey would call an A-ha moment.  I connected this verse with hard times, dark times in life.  With depression.  With loss.  Or being lost.  While you are in those moments you can sometimes feel suffocated by the dark.  By the absence of light.  

We know that light follows the dark, day follows every night.  We just have to remember that will happen in our lives too.  

Genesis 1:16
… a greater light to govern the day.

The sun is so much brighter than the moon.  It starts out dim, just a whisper over the horizon.  Hues of blue and purple and pink.  Bringing the promise of a bright orange sun.  We just have to believe in the moments of night in our lives, that the greater light will bring us the day.

Remember, many things in life can wait… 
but The Sunset Won't.

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