Read: Genesis 2:7-8
Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. (v. 7)
The very first thing we learn about the nature of God in Genesis is that God is a creating God. Over and over again, God calls out, “Let there be,” and flourishing life and existence takes the place of nothingness. More than that, God is a creator who delights in creation. At the end of each day, when the creative work was finished, God took a close look. God found each thing good, and the culmination of the entire creation “very good” (1:31). Clearly, God is a creator who delights in his creation. Genesis 2 provides another insight. It paints a picture of creator God kneeling in the dirt, forming Adam out of clay. Then God bends over the hand-crafted human and breathes into him, giving him life. Further, God plants a garden for Adam to call home. In other words, Genesis 2 depicts God as a gardener, with muddy knees and dirty fingernails, working intimately with the creation to foster life.
Gardening is difficult work. As anyone who has tried it can attest, gardening is a labor of love. Without love as a motivation, it is simply not worth it to plant, weed, water, prune, and otherwise attend to the growth of a living thing. God’s depiction as gardener in Genesis means that we owe our very existence to God’s deep, abiding, and intimate love.
As you pray, reflect on God’s loving attention to your growth and flourishing.