Sunday, January 5, 2014

"Genesis" patterned life

I have been exploring the book of Genesis this week and the history of "Creation".  I woke up this morning, feeling overwhelmed with what I needed to do for the week.  My "To-do" list was mounting on top of me.  Ever-so-often, I start to feel overwhelmed about the tasks in front of me.  Most of the time these are little things that I do on a daily basis.  For some reason, on some days I get overtaken and the tasks appear like a mountain before me. 

When I woke up this morning feeling that way, I asked God how did He not get overwhelmed when He was creating the heavens and the earth.  One of the things that came to mind is that God took everything 1 day at a time.  You notice when He says "the evening and the morning were the first day".  He makes that statement throughout the whole process of Him creating the heavens and the earth, before he "rested"
1 "The evening and the morning were the first day"
2.  "The evening and the morning were the second day"
3.  "The evening and the morning were the third day"

You get my drift................................God took everything day by day.  What a lesson and a great foundational example in which we can pattern our lives after.

Another thing that came to mind is that the first 2 days of creation were not filled with too much activity.  It was almost like building, There was like an increase in activity as the week went forth,  That third day, there seems to be an increase in activity.  It was a 7 day week that God established it seems.  Another great example to pattern our lives after.  Start your week slow, day by day, and build as you go. 

The last thing that I realized today, is that normally when my "to-do" list becomes a monster in my life, it's because I need a mental break.  I normally have to give my mind a break from thinking about the things I have to get done.  I also have to make sure I wait until I'm ready mentally to face my "to-do list"  It's different for everybody, but for me, I know I'm mentally ready when the thought of it does not stir up feelings of fear, and defeat.  When it no longer feels like a bigger burden than I can bear.  Normally when we are in need of a mental break, our mind starts to take "little" things and "magnify" them.  When we are in need of a mental break, our mind fails to experience things as they really are, there is an exaggeration that takes place in every area.  I'm normally "pretty good" at knowing when I need a mental break early on, but I forgot today.  I was reminded.................

God created us in His image, that means we reflect His creative qualities, however in order to see those "creative" qualities at work in our lives, we must fully appreciate the example God set in the 7 days that He created the heavens and the earth and we must let Him teach us how to pattern our lives after that. 

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