Mountain View - And On The Seventh Day He Rested By Pam Payne

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Christian Author Writer “And on the seventh day He rested.” To most Americans, these six words are familiar. This Scripture from the book of Genesis states plainly how God ended his six days of creation.

I’m sure some of you, like me, marvel at the imagination of God, but nothing brings me to worship quite like it.

Genesis 1:3-8 says, “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that it was good and He separated the light from darkness. He called the light day, and the darkness night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.”

These too are simple statements concerning the power of our God. But can you picture Him simply breathing out the light of the world?

We know that on the second day, God created the sea and sky. Take just a second and ponder this. Picture the endless expanse and color of a cloudless sky. Feel the power of the ocean. Hear its sound.

On the third day, God created the earth and all the plants. Think for a minute about the earth… The Grand Canyon, Sahara desert, Amazon jungle, and Antarctica. Then think about all the plants that grow in those places. I have a garden. And in the summer, just going through the nurseries gives me pause. The colors of the pansy, the shape of the daffodil, the shades and sizes of sunflower blooms. Blackberries, pumpkins, the purple fluttery fingers of an artichoke flower. These are but a few things I marvel over, yet God gave us hundreds of plants that I will never see, and all of them, are His gift to us.

Then on day four, God created the lights of day and night. Our sun, moon, planet and stars are just specks in God’s universe, yet think how incredible it is to see a comet fall across the sky. To witness a sunset that takes away your breath, or to stand underneath the orange glow of a Harvest moon. We all stop to look at the arc of a rainbow, or even just a piece of one. I still remember when I saw two together; one perfect rainbow arced above the other. It happened after an Oklahoma thunderstorm.

On the fifth day, God created the things that fly and swim. I picture hummingbirds, fireflies, owls and eagles. I see whales, jellyfish, octopus, and lobsters. I see colors, I hear sounds. I love to watch Planet Earth. Recently, I recorded all the episodes after my husband got HD cable put in. I’ve seen them all more than once, yet even so, I still sit like a child, rapt in awesome wonder every time.

When the sixth day came, God made the land animals. Giraffes, porcupines, rabbits, armadillos, monkeys, bears, and pigs. The diversity alone astounds. And don’t you know God gave each one great thought and consideration? Then He saw that all these things were good, so God created man and gave him dominion over all.

Genesis 1:28 Then God said. “Be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth.”

And on the seventh day, He rested.

Editor's Comment: Pam Payne is a member of Church on the Mountain, a vibrant community of believers in Crowley Lake. We meet at 9:30 Sunday mornings. Call for more information: 935-4272 or

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