still saturday: what to remember when you’re unhappy

pure beginnings

 

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.

Marlon’s personal blog

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frio butterflies

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Still wading in the river,

Sandy

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Comments

  1. says

    Dear Sandra
    Today I am at one of those longing-for-all-over beginnings with the Fm/CFS, but after reading Marlon’s good advice, I have new hope and trust in the Light hovering always in my heart!
    Blessings XX
    Mia
    Mia recently posted..A Turbulent Heart

  2. says

    “The Spirit of God hovers over…” “God hovers over our darkness…”
    This is such fine weaving of words and thoughts, Sandra. I have always loved that verse in Genesis and with these thoughts woven into it, the clarity of God’s love grows closer rather than further from me in the darkness that I can feel sometimes. I feel blessed for coming here and taking the time to read and absorb.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda
    ~ linda recently posted..Thanksgiving to God

  3. says

    Hi Sandra,
    this…”God hovers over our darkness and unhappiness to make pure beginnings.”
    He encompasses it all in the beauty of redemption.
    Thanks for the quotes on happiness and the link to the podcasts…good stuff. Happy Sunday!

    • says

      Marlon shared that in its early days, jazz was considered junk. And I just read that Congress passed a resolution in 1987 declaring jazz a “rare and valuable national treasure.” Makes me think that how we choose to look at our junk can make a world of difference.

      Thanks for your always encouraging words, here, Jason.

  4. says

    Sandra – There are no words to express what this post has meant to me this morning. Tears are rolling as today will mark an ending for me. I needed to read this to do what needs to be done today & anticipate all that He has in a pure beginning. So glad that He wastes nothing.
    With much gratitude!
    Joanne
    Joanne Viola recently posted..Fully Come

  5. says

    Sandra…loved your thoughts today. “He finds a wealth of worth in our wastelands–and wastes nothing.” What encouragement in that one line. Thank you for that and for the link up. Have a blessed day in the Lord.

  6. says

    “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.” Thank You, Lord, for redeeming my waste to create a pure beginning.

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