Seeking to capture the poetry of the original Hebrew, Everett Fox’s translation of Genesis beautifully captures the chaos that reigned before God breathed the Word that would begin to bring a sense of order to the earth:
At the beginning of God’s creating of the heavens and earth,
when the earth was wild and waste,
darkness over the face of Ocean,
rushing-spirit of God hovering over the face of the waters –
God said; Let there be light! And there was light.
God saw the light that it was good. (Genesis 1:1-4)
In these days of Lent the world around us certainly has seemed wild and waste and dark with events at home and abroad reminding us of the chaos humanity seems so adept at creating. Whether it is the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the intensifying war in Syria, the deep partisan divisions that persist in our nation, or the realities of violence, addiction, poverty, homelessness, and hunger right here in Akron, it can be easy to lose sight of the rushing-spirit of God still hovering over the face of the earth.
One of the challenges we perpetually face as Christians is to develop and nurture the faith that God’s spirit still hovers over the face of the earth, that God truly is present with us, around us, within us – each of us. Indeed, Lent offers us the opportunity to examine ourselves and identify those thoughts and attitudes that keep us from living fully into God’s love and grace. Lent is an invitation to each of us to identify the obstacles in our own lives to being in relationship with God.
I encourage you to make use of the remaining weeks of Lent. Honestly consider the obstacles in your relationship with God and pray with all your heart, mind, and strength to be closer to God, who draws close to you and loves you so very much. Pray to see the reality of God’s spirit hovering over the face of the earth. Just imagine how meaningful Easter will be this year with a clearer sense of God’s abiding presence even amidst the chaos of the world.
Yours in Christ,