Long before the sun is up, the birds awake to sing God’s praises for the new day. Creation rises to bless God their Creator and the Author of all blessings. The Bible overflows with blessings yet the first of all blessings that appear is reserved not for humankind but for birds and fish. After He formed the water creatures and every kind of bird, God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” This is the first blessing that occurs in God’s Story. God knows goodness when He sees it and from the very beginning He blessed creation to multiply so that the goodness that He created would fill the earth. From the depths of the sea to the heights of Heaven the first blessing continues to point our hearts to God.
But we will see that God is much more than a Creator who is content to sit back and enjoy His handiwork. We will experience the King through history and through His promises for the future. As we encounter blessings in places both familiar and surprising, it is my prayer that we’ll look back by faith and forward with hope and choose to serve in love, seeking His Presence daily.