Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year Meditation: In the Beginning

Dear Christa—
On this very first day of the New Year, I sit by the window and look over our street—the same street we’ve lived on for over 25 years. Jeff and Renee’s blow up snow globe showers down fake snow over the Christmas scene inside. The blue windsock flutters at the corner of our drive—a creative attempt to mark the edge of the stones so we don’t drive over them. Other than the wind, all is quiet and sleepy this first day after last night’s celebrations.
As this year awakes before us, there is both dread and anticipation of what will be. So, on this day of new beginnings, thoughts turn to the first beginning—that beginning when God created.
Look at Gen. 1:1-2 today and let your mind wind back, deep, deep into a place of nothingness—
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now, the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters—
The Sprit of God—that aspect of God that is so easy to forget—to forget that the Spirit IS God, very God. He dwells within us. He hovers over our life.
What will He create in us this year?
I like to pause at the end of verse 2. Read it slowly and let it take you there. “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the water.”
Feel the anticipation.
Feel the deep darkness of all outer space
and the deep waters upon the dark, dark surface of the world.

And then. Then—
“Let there be light.”
Wow, wow. To see such a thing! And yet, how often has He worked miracles in our own lives? How many are the answered prayers.
The Spirit of God hovers over your life and mine.
I wonder what He’ll create this year.
Happy New Year, Christa.

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