“1-2 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.” (Genesis 1 The Message)
Over chaos, over deep water, over soups of nothingness, over bottomless emptiness, over the abyss . . . over me.
The Hebrew term to describe what God did is translated “Ruach Elohim”. It was the Ruach Elohim that hovered over the chaos, it was the Ruach Elohim that brooded over it like a bird, it was the Ruach Elohim that provided it’s covering. In English we could call this “the Spirit of God” or “the Breath of God” that was hovering and brooding. Ruach is not a tame Hebrew term though, it isn’t boxed in with out mortal understanding. The Ruach is not tame, it is not safe, it is not containable. It can’t be limited to political slogans or vain conceits, it is the immutable and creative Spirit of God and it isn’t safe. For me, The Ruach of Elohim is a Great and Mighty Storm, it is the Storm of God. . . . And I need it.
I need to know that the Ruach Elohim is over my chaos, over my unrelenting abyss of thoughts and emotions, over my fears, over my confusions, over my dark nights . . . I need His powerful Storm over me. It is the immutable Storm of God that hovers over me, broods over me, creates through me, lives in me, abides within me. I need to know that His Storm is deeper and grander than the storms in me. I don’t want safety, I want truth and I want all of it. I want to know and be known as it was intended before anything else was. I want to live in the Spirit of creativity, I want to worship at the pools of original life. No religion, no man-made systems, I want the stuff, the real stuff and all of it. I don’t want safe, I want the Ruach Elohim.
Join me, find your truth.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 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.” (Genesis 1 NIV)