In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Genesis 1-2
Genesis is defined as the formation of something....the beginning. In Greek, Genesis means origin and birth. The Book of Genesis in the Bible is the beginning of earth, heaven, man, marriage, sin, plants, and animals. Genesis also includes a few refreshes and promises from God.
I personally have read Genesis many times. Each time the Holy Spirit speaks to me in some new way. The last time I read through the book two concepts stood out to me.
- God creates
- Start and Restart
It probably seems silly that I missed this concept because God is known as "the Creator". I knew this from early on in my Christian walk. What I missed was the link between God creating man in his image and creating being part of God's Image.
God made us to create. I promise that looks different for each of us...I can't create beautiful music or canvas's and I will never create a cure for any disease or the latest tech gadget that helps millions of people. But God has given me the gift to create this space on the internet. He has allowed me to create a family and home that can reach one person at a time. God helps me create order in chaos, food that feeds the soul, and time to serve his people.
The Lord has spoken loud and clear for me and my husband to create Redemption Journey and to be obedient to where the Spirit will lead us on this journey.
Start and Restart
While it took years and years for Adam and Eve to eat from the apple tree, Noah to build the ark and the people in Sodom and Gomorrah to become evil, God has demonstrated that sometimes a restart is needed and necessary.
Jeff and I have been together for 16 years. We have spent all of our 20's together, going through college, having 2 kids, marriage struggles, and addiction. We welcome restarts in our life even though they always mean something has to be destroyed or let go. Sometimes we will start something and within a week be convicted this is not the right step. Other times we will feel the urge to restart because we have matured to a new level in life. God has been faithful to provide instruction and provision when we need to start and restart.
So it may seem a little unclear at the moment as to what in the world we are starting and restarting. Honestly, it is also a bit hazy to us as well. We will soon be closing on our first home and feel that this happened because God wants us to use this home as aministry to the lost. Jeff and I also finished reading Weird by Craig Groeschel. During that time we prayed for God to give us a burden that breaks His Heart. Our answer was those people that are lonely and poor.
Within that answer, God also spoke for us to create Redemption Journey. Our marriage, our souls, even our new home is a story of how wonderful the Lord is and how ONLY he can make things new.
Chapter one of Redemption Journey is finding our footing and listening closely to God as he directs us. Chapter One in the Bible is the beginning of our need for a redeemer.
We know that the only true way to help those that are lonely and hurting is through a relationship with Christ. Our next few blog posts will be sharing each of our redemption stories! Stay tuned.
I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.