In the Beginning . . . Part 2

Randy Smit

READ : Genesis 1:1-2

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. (vv. 1-2 NRSV)

To return to the beginning is to reenter the world. These first few words from Genesis give us insight into how ancient Israel envisioned reality at the moment God began creating the universe. To put it bluntly, things were out of control. Israel had visions of a boundless ocean: dark, ominously deep, and overwhelmingly chaotic. But it wasn’t all chaos. God was also there, and the wind from God, the Holy Spirit, God’s own breathing presence, was on the scene.

To see the story of the beginning is to witness a face-to-face encounter, one of mystery and intimacy and unmistakable contact. Before God ever said a word or acted to speak and bring things into being, God was already present. The Creator was ready to offer fresh life and possibility, able and willing to sweep over and touch the very face of what seemed so daunting and insurmountable.

Next time you wake up from a deep sleep, with those first deep breaths, remember the beginning. Give yourself permission to envision your life swept over and up into the lofty wind of God who overcomes the darkness in the end and from the very beginning.


Lord, as you move creatively and mysteriously, awaken us to your Spirit’s presence today and every day. Amen.