Yesterday, as I watched you playing on the floor by my side, I thought of all the wonderful things I can’t wait to share with you.
I can’t wait to read the Narnia books to you.
I can’t wait to play soccer in the grass with you.
I can’t wait to eat chicken alfredo pizza with you.
I can’t wait to watch the Harry Potter movies with you.
I can’t wait to go camping with you.
The list goes on and on. In fact, even before you were born I made a list of all kinds of things I couldn’t wait to share with my child someday. This made me even more eager for your arrival.
A question I’ve always wondered is, Why did God make the universe? If God was completely satisfied, entirely content, totally happy existing in the community of Himself (we call this the Trinity), why change things? Genesis 1 doesn’t tell us. It starts with, “In the beginning, God made…” But I’d really like a Genesis 0 to tell me WHY?!?! What is it that drives a totally content and happy God to build a universe?
The thing is, I don’t know. I think the full answer is beyond my reach…But I’m willing to make a small guess. Remembering that eagerness I felt even before you were born–that desire to share the things I love, all the good things I knew about–makes me think about God’s motivation. Could it be that Creation is a supreme act of eager sharing and inviting? That God wanted to share the goodness of Himself, and so invited us into existence in His world?
I like thinking about this because it helps me imagine just who God is. This question of “Why did God make?” is so important because it offers insight into the very heart of God. Our God is one who desires all good things for His children, to be shared and experienced alongside the ultimate good gift–God Himself.