Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and void.
Today is the first day of school. That is super-awesome and of course, super-scary. What will this year bring? Will it be a good year or a bad year. Will this be the year you ace your exams or the year you experience failure?
The most famous of all beginnings was the beginning our planet. There was God, arranging things just how they should be. But if you listen closely, you probably noticed that the earth was not quite right, it was not finished. The verse said, “Now the earth was formless and void.” That means literally it was Tovoo va vohoo. It was empty, it wasn’t put together just yet. So what did God do? He did the the thing that only he can do, he started to create something beautiful out of the nothingness.
In a way, that is how you start this year. Sure, you have friends and classes and schedules. But this year is, in a sense, empty. Today, you start a brand new year. You can do just about anything you want with it. You can decide to slack off, dork around, skip workouts or even punt assignments. You can choose to make this the year that you try alcohol. This can be the year you smoke pot or even gossip about your friends OR you can make something beautiful. You can build something worthwhile.
No doubt, to make something great takes work. You will be tired, you may, at times, feel alone, you may even feel overwhelmed as assignments deadlines hit the same day you have sports. But know this, that same God who fashioned the planet together with the power of his Word, the same God who took something empty and dark and made it something extraordinarily beautiful, is the same God who took the darkness of your sin, and made it pure and holy though his Son—yes, that God is the one who stands by you, who loves you and gives you the power to make this year beautiful.
Heavenly Father, thank you for making our planet, our bodies and our minds. We pray that this is year is something beautiful. We know it will take work, but we also know the work you put in through Jesus to give us this opportunity to serve you. We ask that we have a chance to grow this year in our minds, with our friends and even physically as we compete. Finally, when we do feel overwhelmed, help us to focus on you, the creator of all things beautiful. Amen.