thursday, September 4, 2014
“I hate writing.” Until about three and a half years ago, this was a phrase that tumbled from my lips on more than one occasion. I despised literature classes. I would rather have bamboo shoots rammed under my fingernails than write a report or paper for school. Okay, maybe I wouldn’t go that far, but you get the idea. The only type of writing that made its way into my good graces was poetry, but let’s face it, poetry is art not writing. And I was an artist not a writer. Or so I thought.
My mom recently received a text message from the mother of one of my elementary school friends. This woman told my mom that she was going through old papers from her kids’ grade school days and found something very interesting. She happened upon a printed document that listed each student in our class and the phrase, “Most likely to…” Apparently, I was voted by my classmates as, “Most likely to become a writer.” I laugh about it now, but I am almost certain that in the moment, I would have been completely repulsed that my classmates would wish something so heinous upon me. I’m sure I was hoping for something more glamorous like, “Most likely to become a zoo keeper.”
When my mom relayed the message, I had to smile. Clearly God has been writing my story way before I ever decided that I liked writing. I used to think that my story began on the day I told God I would do anything. Then, I started to realize that it began in my childhood with the events that led me to where I am today. Until I came to see that actually my story started the day I was born, but if I say that, then really the story begins before I was born. Finally, after evaluating my life and the history of the universe overall, I have come to one conclusion: my life, my story, begins with God’s story.
God’s story states that in the beginning He created the heavens and the earth. In six days, He created the earth and all that is in it, and on the seventh day He rested from all His work. This is what the Bible calls the beginning. But do you want to know something interesting? It’s not truly the beginning. You see, God is infinite. God has no beginning and no end. In fact, the Bible says that He is the beginning and the end. If God Himself has no beginning and no end, then His story also has no beginning and no end. So why then does the Bible mark Genesis 1:1 as “The Beginning?”
It’s actually quite simple; it’s because this is where God decided to begin telling His story. And when we take in to consideration God’s infiniteness, when and where God chooses to start telling His story becomes incredibly revealing about His character. God chose the moment of creation to begin the telling of His story, and there is something very significant about the beginning of creation… it’s the beginning of us! You see, God’s story is a love story, and God chose the starting point of His story to be the moment we walked onto the scene, the moment He created us. It’s as if He is saying, “There is no story worth telling before I met you.”
So as I sit here writing these words, the very thing I once dreaded, I can’t help but think of God as He created the earth. I can see Him digging ocean trenches, sculpting mountains, and flinging stars into the sky. As He goes about His business masterfully creating the entire universe, I can hear Him whisper under His breath. “One day, I will create a girl. And this girl,” He chuckles, “will hate writing! Oh, that silly girl. She won’t even realize that I have created her as the most likely to become a writer.”