God’s Pleasure

Studies in Genesis 1

And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. (Genesis 1:11-12 ESV)

One of the pleasant experiences we may have is the combination of perceptions tickling our senses in Spring. Barren trees and plants sprout blossoms in preparation for growing fruit. We smell the new growth and see light and colors of the growth. We can feel the gentleness of a rain and breeze, which helps the growth, and the texture of the flowers and trees. We taste the fruit. Our whole person may be engaged in the wonder of what God has done in creation.

I think hay-fever, the allergic reaction to the pollen of growth, is a consequence of sin. Many do not, or have not, enjoyed what God has done (me included) because of this. I am jumping ahead of myself.

When God covered the Earth with plant-life He was the only One around to enjoy His creation. He created for His pleasure. I do not know, but I imagine God’s senses are eternally and exponential fine-tuned. He sees, feels, smells, tastes and hears eternally, deriving immeasurable pleasure in all He does.

We nibble at the wonder, then refocus our attention on a distraction, or sneeze.

If this is true then we must pause for a moment and reflect, not on Creation, but on the Passion of Christ. At His crucifixion every sense was overwhelmed with the excruciating. And He was separated. He experienced immeasurable agony.

Then He rose to eternal pleasure. He offers a gift to use who sneeze at Him. Life filled with the eternal wonder of God the Creator.

“And it was so.”

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