by Kristen C. Strocchia
“And God said, ‘Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.’ So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.’ And there was evening, and there was morning–the fifth day.” Genesis 1:20-23
Lights. Sky. Land. The canvas is set. The artist is ready, and for the first time God takes up His Word brush and speaks living creatures into existence. Until today–Day 5–plant life was the only living thing in God’s creation. But today locomotion came into the world.
God filled the waters with sea creatures–every kind of marine life that ever was. He filled the skies–and therefore the nesting and feeding grounds of the land–with every kind of bird that ever was. Many of these kinds may be extinct today, but not because of millions and billions of years of evolution.
And God saw that inhabited ecosystems were good and that symbiosis was good. The creatures breathed out CO2 for the plants to breathe in. Then the plants breathed out O2 for the creatures to breathe in. The plants converted the new sunlight into food via photosynthesis. And the marine and bird life ate the plants with seeds as food, then passed their vegetarian waste back into the ground for new plant life to grow. It was all good.
So good, that God pronounced His first blessing on His creation. To bless–to endow with a particular attribute, in this sense. The attribute? To be self-sustaining. To be repopulating populations in and of their biological selves according to God’s design. “Be fruitful”–have baby sea creatures and birds according to your families, and “increase in number”…fill the seas and the earth. Have lots of baby creatures to the glory and honor of your creator God.
But as good as it all was. As amazing as this new reproducing locomotive life was–something was missing. God wasn’t finished with His work yet when the sun set for the second time in swirls of fiery light and rose in the morning marking the end of the fifth day.
Do you see the goodness in God’s creation? Do you know the goodness of God Himself? Do you know that God still isn’t finished with His work and wait in anticipation of the good things yet to come?