In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. ~Genesis 1:1-2 (NIV)
The earth was a place of chaos and confusion, an empty and dark wasteland.
But the Spirit, moved by love, was moving–hovering and brooding like a bird protecting its young. Incubating, if you will. Going before and behind and all around to gather and create beauty from and through the blackness, to bring all the mess and misery together into a great masterpiece.
And there was light.
God hovers over our darkness and unhappiness to make pure beginnings. He moves in our miseries to turn them into miracles, and through our messes to create beautiful music, to make jazz from all our junk. He finds a wealth of worth in our wastelands–and wastes nothing.
And there is light.
Marlon Hall said:
“Pure beginnings can start with unhappy endings.”
“If I wait for a happy ending to be happy, then I will never be happy.”
“I will not wait for unhappiness to end where I am before I start a new beginning. Because God is moving over my context.”
Thank you, Marlon, for shedding some new light on this passage and making me think deep in the canyon.
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