Before there was anything, there was God, a few angels, and a huge swirling glob of rocks and water with no place to go.  The angels asked God, “Why don’t you clean up this mess?”

So God collected rocks from the huge swirling glob and put them together in clumps and said, “Some of these clumps of rocks will be planets, and some will be stars, and some of these rocks will be. . .just rocks.”

Then God collected water from the huge swirling glob and put it together in pools of water and said, “Some of these pools of water will be oceans, and some will become clouds, and some of this water will be. . .just water.”

Then the angels said, “Well God, it’s neater now, but is it finished?”

And God answered. . . “NOPE!”

On some of the rocks God placed growing things, and creeping things, and things that only God knows what they are, and when God had done all this,

The angels asked God, “Is the world finished now?”

And God answered, “NOPE !”

God made a man and a woman from some of the water and dust and said to them, “I am tired now.  Please finish up the world for me. . .really it’s almost done.”

But the man and woman said, “We can’t finish the world alone!  You have the plans and we are too little.”

“You are big enough,” God answered them.  “But I agree to this.  If you keep trying to finish the world, I will be your partner.”

The man and the woman asked, “What’s a partner?”

And God answered, “A partner is someone you work with on a big thing that neither of you can do alone.  If you have a partner, it means that you can never give up, because your partner is depending on you.  On the days you think I am not doing enough and on the days I think you are not doing enough, even on those days we are still partners and we must not stop trying to finish the world.  That’s the deal.”  And they all agreed to that deal.

Then the angels asked God, “Is the world finished yet?”

And God answered, “I don’t know.  Go ask my partners.”

from:  Does God Have a Big Toe?, by Marc Gellman