We've all heard the story of Creation. Most of us have probably even seen a corny cartoon or two depicting the whole thing, where God (almost always portrayed as a Santa Claus-like character) magically poofs everything into existence in the blink of an eye. After hearing the story about a billion times, I really started to get bored with it, until recently.
It's so easy for us to overlook how incredible the Creation was because we take Creation for granted: of course gravity controls everything from the movements of galaxies to a penny falling out of a hole in our pocket; of course a mommy and daddy horse can create a baby horse; of course we can breathe air...big whoop! But realize that there was a time (or rather a point before time) when absolutely nothing existed but God Himself. There were no atoms, no electricity, no laws of physics at all. There was no order, but there was also no chaos; there was no light, but there was also no darkness. There was God, PERIOD!
What amazes me the most about the Creation is that God had no blueprints, no instructions for how things would be. As humans, we design and build things either based on some kind of set guidelines, or at least based on basic principles about our universe that we already are quite used to. But God created something out of ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Sure, it takes incredible power to do something like that, but power aside, think of the creativity and inspiration that it takes. What did God have to go off of in creating everything we know...the only thing that then existed...HIMSELF! At the very beginning of time, as God stood over the Great Void, over the Nothingness, He looked deep within Himself and out of the inspiration He found there began to form the universe that we know.
Out of the inspiration of Who He is, God developed the the idea of atoms and molecules, and then the Laws of Physics to govern how those atoms and molecules moved and worked. Out of those He imagined dense spheres of matter called planets, which would circle around unbelievably enormous fireballs of nuclear reactions called stars. Upon the planets He imagined hard metals, organic compounds, even DNA, and then from that DNA the ability for some of that random matter in the universe to actually move as one unit; to grow; even to better itself (an idea that we call Life). He imagined the idea of reproduction; the ability for each individual living creature to be able to make another unique version of itself, which in turn would have the ability to make another unique version of itself. He imagined the way that sand would feel, the sound that the wind makes, the crashing of ocean waves, and the shape of flowers and leaves. This grand vision of Creation was something that was within God from the beginning! Our very universe is a glimpse into the very heart of God!
But perhaps the most wondrous and mysterious of all of this is what triggered the Creation in the first place. What was the initial God-inspiration that filled Him with such a burning desire to bring such indescribable beauty out of absolute nothingness. It all began, in a time before time, when God searched deep within Himself, and saw you.