Genesis 1:1 (NKJV)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Here we see the dawning of a new day.
One moment, nothing. The next moment, heavens and earth.
At the beginning of creation’s day, the Spirit of God “hovered”. Strong’s concordance tells us that the definition of this Hebrew word is “relaxed”; and that in this context it connotes a brooding and fertilizing not unlike a chicken on an egg. So, the picture here is that the Spirit of God relaxed over the waters like a chicken broods over an egg.
While you may not want to be a chicken on an egg, there is a wonderful lesson in this metaphor.
Before you begin your work, take time to relax in who you are as you hover over the blank slate of your new day.
God was not procrastinating as He hovered. He was being. And out of that being, came words that produced light and life. God prepared Himself to speak because words are powerful, creative things.
We speak out of the state of our hearts. Have you taken the time today to know the state of your heart? Have you fertilized it so that life giving words can come from it? Or are your words and work as lifeless as an unfertilized egg?
So many times we wake up, eat breakfast, get ready, and rush into work before sitting with the Lord, looking into our hearts, and centering ourselves in Christ. Taking the time to be with the Lord before doing for the Lord can enable you to hover over the chaos throughout the day. Skipping this time leads to haphazard words and an unguided life.
Before I do for the Lord, I take the time to be with the Lord. It allows me to work for Him from a state of acknowledged dependence upon Him. When you are aware of your dependence upon God throughout the day, your identity is sure in Him, your will is secondary to His agenda, and you experience peace.
This is how I take the time to be with the Lord in the mornings…
- I spend time in silence and solitude before God.
- I read God’s Word and write the things I read that I feel God is speaking to me.
- I pray those things I wrote back to Him.
- In my journal I write about my experiences, explore my feelings, review lessons learned, and express my gratitude to God.
All of these things take about an hour for me, but the time investment is nothing compared to the blessings of knowing myself thoroughly and knowing the Father before doing anything.
If you do not spend time being with the Lord before your day begins, how might you start being with Him tomorrow?
If you already take this alone time with the Father, what are some things that you do regularly to center yourself and be with Him?