Words from the Heart for Thursday January 11th, 2018
Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened.
Genesis 1:9 (NLT)
The dry ground appeared. When you have been out on the water for any length of time there’s always a relief when you step back onto dry land. In this verse, God, the Creator, is preparing a world that will be just what is needed for every activity. As you walk on the “dry land” today, let it be a reminder of the power of your God.
Canada’s driest places are in the high arctic, where precipitation can be negligible. But where is Canada’s driest place south of the high arctic? That claim goes to Ashcroft, British Columbia. Located in the Thompson Country of BC’s interior it receives only 200 mm of rain a year – slightly more than 8”. The geography in and around Ashcroft resembles that of desert terrain, which has been marketed as sets for the film industry including The A-Team and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
The Lord designed some of His creatures to live in the water. But not all of them. So He needed land upon which those animals with lungs and not gills could live. At the beginning of creation, the earth was covered with water. That made sense since every living thing needs water. But land was also needed and Genesis 1:9 tells us: “Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened.” Rising out of the waters that covered the planet, continents and islands were formed and land appeared. Land upon which life would be lived, cities would be built and farming would take place to provide food for the billions of people that would one day cover the planet. Land that would provide the natural resources for people and nations to prosper. All of this has been supplied not by chance but by the careful and loving provision of a Creator God who has provided all that we need for life. Let’s be careful to guard this great gift and appreciate all that God has given us.
These have been words from the heart.