Genesis 1:6-8 (NRSVA)
6 And God said, ‘Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ 7 So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. 8 God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
As the last blog post was about the separation of light and dark I have been looking at Day 2 of creation by Escher (link here. https://www.wikiart.org/en/m-c-escher/the-2nd-day-of-the-creation)
I love the way. The light and dark contrast in this picture with the shape of the line to create such a sense of movement – the idea of the water moving up at the same time as the clouds produce rain into the roiling sea. You can read more about him here if you want https://mcescher.com/about/biography/
One of the quotes attributed to him is
“We adore chaos because we love to produce order. ”
I don’t think I ‘adore’ chaos. I find it disturbing perhaps because I have realised that at least some of my need for order is because it makes me feel in control. Order gives me a way of building structures which support my sense of agency and in some ways that is useful and helpful. But those structures we build can also make us powerful and others powerless. What strikes me about the creation story is that each day is dependant on the day before before in order for it to come into being and dependent on the days after to fulfil it’s potential. All is interconnected and all is needed not just for life to begin but for it all to have a future. Perhaps this is a lesson for our time – that we are all connected – that we are all significant and needed because we were created to be that way.
Some art and poetry resources for Day 2