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Start from the beginning...

In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Spirit of God was moving over the water. Then God commanded, "Let there be light" - and light appeared. God was pleased with what he saw...

Genesis 1 : 1 - 4 (GNB)

Our passage this week are opening sentences not only to the Bible but also the whole universe and everything that has ever existed, and everything that will ever come into being in the future.

Here we see the start of God's work to build the bright, thriving and diverse planet that we have today. A world crammed full of life, carefully positioned in the universe to provide just the right temperature. Rotating at just the right way to provide seasons for growing and harvesting food.

Even the physical laws which exist in our world are a work of God's genius. Take water for example, a key component for life, both for drinking, and as a home for countless aquatic creatures. Unlike most other chemicals that get denser (and therefore heavier) as they freeze, water does the opposite. Ice is less dense than it's liquid equivalent water.

So what you might think, but this unique property means that the first ice forms on the surface, floating on the top rather than sinking to the bottom. This helps to insulate and prevent the whole body of water (whether that be a pond, lake or ocean) from freezing completely. Something I am sure the world's fish are very thankful for!

Small quirks like this exist throughout our world. These are more than fortunate accidents or coincidences. They are the product of a God who has designed them that way for a purpose, to form part of his plan that goes on forever.

This week as you walk around in the countryside, look at the sunshine or look in the mirror remember that you are looking at something that has been carefully crafted. Crafted by a God that has been involved since the very dawn of time and continues to be even today.

This week's song is Live on Forever by The Afters.

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