And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. – Genesis 1:9-13
What’s your favorite day of the week? Mine used to be Sunday/Monday! Thursday was a close second. But because I start my week on Sunday. With worship. Gathering. Hearing the Word of God. Calling on him in prayer. Receiving Jesus’ body and blood in the Lord’s Supper. And on Monday, the week was before me. Things to do. Hills to climb. Opportunities to embrace. Challenges to face. Purpose. Meaning. Mission.
Thursday was my close second in those days. Thursday evening was my Friday. Since I took Fridays off, and often had a much lighter work day on Saturday, I looked forward to that day. Friday morning was perhaps even better. After our workout, Diane and I would go out for breakfast on Friday mornings.
But now all that has changed, and I’ll have to discover my new favorite day. Perhaps I should choose Tuesday. That would be in alignment with the double-good third day as recorded in Genesis 1. Did you catch it? Twice during the creative activities of the third day. First when waters are gathered together and dry land appears, “God saw that it was good.” Then, before the third day ends, the earth brings forth trees, vegetation, and fruit. And again God sees that it is good.
In Israel some couples choose to be married on Tuesdays – the double-good day. Perhaps we could learn a lesson from them. This is not about superstitious posturing for the right day of the week to start a business, look for a new job, ask for a raise, or start a diet. It’s about recognizing that God determines that which is good. And if he twice calls a day good, it just might be worth looking at the land and sea, vegetation and fruit with a deeper appreciation for these things.
Today is a good day to thank God for his beautiful creation.