In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2 RSV
Yesterday I asked you to think about the spaces in your life that feel particularly messy right now, and I dared to ask you to sit with that for a minute without rushing to a comforting thought about God’s presence. As Dale Ryan spoke on this passage, I was impressed by the realization that creation is not an event, it is an unfinished process. And although Genesis does indeed speed walk us through the six days of creation, I think we will see in the days ahead that God is patient with process. When things get messy, God snuggles up close. God doesn’t retreat, he hovers. God doesn’t demand an explanation for the mess, he offers help. But I want to make note of the fact that God is hovering near his creations, over the waters. God is up close, the Spirit is on the move.
So do me a favor, and return to your formless, dark, void life experience. Close your eyes and imagine that God is hovering right over your pile of mess. See if you can hold that imagery without slipping into anxiety. God is not anxious with mess.
Tomorrow, we will begin looking at some passages of scripture that provide us with a vision for the ways in which God helps us in times of messiness.
To be continued