Thus I began the other day, with the beginning - GENESIS. I have read through this before, and often we wonder what we will glean afresh from it, but that is just how God is through the Bible ... he often "opens the eyes of my heart" and allows me each time to learn something new!
I will admit that the first two verses of Genesis however, always speaks to me! That morning I read it from THE MESSAGE which is the translation I am going to use with 66 Love Letters. I love how it is written:
1-2First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don't see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God's Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.[a] 2The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
I checked some online definitions for both hover and brooding. And really, the bottom line is that hovering means you are staying in one place, standing over someone or something and watching all that is happening. Bottom line for brooding is being in serious, deep and persistent thought or meditation on something.
In some cases these words have had a negative connotation as in "quit being a mom who hovers over your children" or when you tell someone to "quit brooding" because we think it isn't a nice thing to do! But in the case of the Holy Spirit - to me it brings peace and comfort and reassurance that HE IS PRESENT even if we can not see him hover, or brood.
Personally speaking, I struggled with moving ahead in my walk with God because of the fact that I really was not taught about him (limited) in my first 20 years of life (although yes, I knew the HS was a real part of the trinity. Period) At one point I wrestled with why did I need to know more. Why did I want to know more. Why did I want to experience the HS in a powerful way? Was this right or wrong? Was it necessary?) To me, it was and it is. Period.
I am thankful that the Holy Spirit was there hovering and brooding above the waters. I am thankful that the Holy Spirit is the part of the Trinity that takes up presence within me. I am thankful that when Jesus left to return to Heaven that He told the disciples to wait for the promised gift - the Holy Spirit to come as comforter!! Oh Jesus thank you for that promise. O Holy Spirit, thank you for living within, for your guidance, and for your presence in my life! Help me never to quench you!
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth ... and the Spirit of God hovered...