Genesis 1:10

God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:10, ESV)

Earth—good.  I don’t know what earth was like when it was good, but I see traces of that goodness . . . my toes in the dirt as a kid . . . feeling blades of grass bend effortlessly under my feet . . . rolling down a sunny hill . . . sitting on a picnic blanket listening to my mother read stories.

Seas—good.  I don’t know what seas were like before the fall, either, but I see speckles of that goodness even now . . . snorkeling among rainbow fish . . . sliding in tennis shoes across a frozen pond . . . watching little tadpoles flit around a tiny creek . . . daring to swim in the chill-gasping water of a cold spring.

The earth isn’t good anymore.  Earthquakes, wildfires, sharp rocks, deep pits, avalanches, volcanoes, and hostile cliffs make the earth dangerous, frightening.  So much blood has been spilled into the earth, so many bones have been buried under its skin.

The sea isn’t good anymore, either.  Tsunamis, hurricanes, rip tides, rapids, deceptively shallow water, and the vast watery wilderness itself make the sea ominous, fearful.  So many fights for survival have been waged, so many bones lie in a watery grave.

Our world isn’t good anymore.  No matter how many pictures people print of a smiling earth, we are on a planet that has been responsible for killing off the most important inhabitant on this earth:

Us.

And yet we know, in our heart, that all this around us was once the playground for people.

What went wrong?

Like a parent explaining to a small child why the magnificent Twin Towers are gone in New York City, Genesis 1-3 is God explaining to humanity why we live in a very sad world.

God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:10, ESV)

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