In my house sits a very old table and buffet. It belonged to my husband's grandparents. This table and buffet were one of the first pieces of furniture they bought when they were married. My husband remembers sitting at the table when he was a young boy. As a child, my mother-in-law ate supper at this table and pulled dishes out of the buffet. When I pull a chair up to the table I am sitting down at a tangible piece of our family history. When I pull dishes out of the buffet, I am part of a long line of Taylor women who have been hospitable. This table and buffet help build my identity - who I am and who I want to be. The tie me to the past and give me courage to face the future.
For a Christian, a beloved child of God, Genesis serves the exact same purpose. When I read the creation account and think about what God created for me from the very beginning, I stand in awe. God created this entire world for me! He made plans from the beginning - plans to give me place to live, plans to communicate with me, plans for me to prosper, plans for me to have work to do, plans for me to come home to live with Him eternally. When I carefully read and meditate on the words at the start of Genesis I know so much about who I am and who God wants me to be.