Genesis 1:1 tells us “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” I have interpreted this ancient text multiple ways throughout my life. At times, it has been a comforting thought of a loving God, a highly involved intelligent being, carving out space in eternity for humanity, and, eventually, me. At other times, it has been an extremely vague explanation for an event that no one understands, and so, with a shrug of the shoulders, it is tossed up to God by default. And yet, as I drift from a vague interpretation to a concrete one, faith and doubt, I have always settled on a constant conclusion: existence started with a single action.
“In the beginning God created…” All earth, sky, and life started when someone, something, sparked an action. That action set into motion the beautiful story of Genesis 1. “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
I have been thinking of this text as a runner; it parallels my running story. It all started with an action: a choice to get up off the couch and go. That action ushered in a series of events that changed my life. I have seen beautiful sunrises jogging through my neighborhood and been awed by hidden mysteries of nature in urban life. I have met and heard the stories of amazing people drafting in a community of runners. I have experienced a change in my body; it is stronger and leaner. Running has helped focus my mind and energize my spirit. It has changed me in a beautiful way. And it all started with an action.
All new beginnings start with an action. All wonderful creations start with a decision.