Day Three: Putting Down Roots

Genesis 1:9-13

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.


On the third day of creation, God made earth inhabitable for life by gathering the water and the land into their distinct places. All of life needs three things to survive – light, water, and nutrition – and on this third day of creation, God gathers all three.

On this day of creation, God puts down roots, revealing his heart to create and sustain life, an environment and landscape that will nourish His children. What a loving God. A God that chooses to imprint heaven on earth, to deal with the tangible, earthy, material things, a God that creates and sustains life.

On the third day of creation, God planted seeds that grew and reproduced new life. This poses the question to us – what's the condition of the soil in our life? Is it ripe for growth? What is the fruit our life is reproducing (because it's also producing something, sweet or sour, nourishing or sickening)?

On the third day of creation, God reminds us that only you can produce your fruit and only I can produce my fruit. We bear fruit according to our kind. So what would it look like if we stopped trying to reproduce someone else's fruit and focused instead on our own roots and growth?


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