“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 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.”
I think it's curious that you open the story of your creation by telling us everything was made in the dark and that it was “without form and void.” To me it sounds like things might have been a little bit of a mess, but You see potential where I see problems. Verse two tells us that your Spirit was “hovering” over the face of the waters. In Hebrew hovering means “to cherish” or “brood over,” like a mother bird over her young.
God, when I am tempted to shun the chaos in my own season of newness, would you help me to remember that it was through your embrace of creation's chaos that you brought all else into being? When things look messy to me, help me trust that you can straighten out any mess for your glory. And that sometimes the mess is necessary to create something beautiful.
As I embark on this season of newness, help me to be patient when I become weary in what feels uncomfortable, knowing that in this stretching You are my Comforter. Help me to recognize the wonder, even in the midst of the unraveling.
Thank you, Lord, for being patient with me as you teach me to become all that you already know me to be.
You are a better friend than I could ever imagine. A better father than I could ever fathom. The most stunning Suitor of our souls. But, the truth is, God, in the midst of change, it’s hard for me to know how to receive you as friend and father, much less to recognize the ways in which you are seeking deeper intimacy with me. And so, maybe the best way to round out this prayer is to ask for your forgiveness and to ask for you to give me a heart that is tender towards you & better able to receive you and all the ways in which you want to lovingly work in my life.
You are life itself, Lord. Thank you for loving all the parts of me that were once dead and bound in sin back to life. May the newness you bring forth in me, make me more like you!