“Nothing.” This word had come out of my one son’s mouth as an answer to just about any question I asked him. Nothing. In some ways, I could and was infuriated as I hoped for a more substantial answer. That was until God began to remind me of Genesis 1:1-2
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 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.
My mind began to think back to the start of creation. The world was nothing, a vast mass covered in darkness and void of hope, life, and purpose. Sometimes life can feel this way for you and me. We feel we are amounting to nothing or that our lives have been stripped of all-purpose and zeal for life. We’ve become stuck in mundane routine while our gifts, talents, and value-giving actions are reduced to keeping order in our homes, tending to a husband’s needs and running around after our children. We forget that God hovers over us.
God hovers over us in our state of “nothing”
The question we so often silently ask is: “Will I ever amount to something?” Surely, I’m more than this?”
Yet, the Spirit of God hovered and brooded over the nothing which would soon be turned into the earth as we now know it. God walked in the nothing. He saw the potential of life, hope, purpose, and redemption. In his heart, he carried you and me. Nothing was being transformed in God’s heart and mind as he thought out every detail of our lives – the year we’d be born, who we’d marry, the person we’d become, the challenges we’d face, and so on. All of this was crafted in the heart and presence of the Spirit.
What looks like nothing to you is merely the start of a Master Plan being created and birthed in the heart of God. We don’t know how long the Holy Spirit hovered (brooded) over the nothing that would soon become earth.
God spoke and everything changed
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. Genesis 1:3-5
When God’s planning had reached completion, the Lord spoke four powerful words: Let there be LIGHT! The light of God rushed out of his mouth in an instant. Destiny, purpose, design, color, and hope flooded the dark, nothing mass. The darkness gave way to the brilliance of God’s glory. Light is the physical manifestation of God’s glory.
God hovers over us, he is with you. As God’s presence fills you, his glory radiates into your heart and situation. His light illuminates all things bringing with it a clarity and perspective more than you could’ve hoped for. The more you sit in his presence and in his light, you will encounter his Spirit and his revelation.
God loves to turn “nothing” into something extraordinary and unexpected
You are not “nothing”. It may feel as though your life is nothing, but God hovers over us, over you. His eyes see all that is going on. He knows and understands. He is with you in the darkness. God loves to take nothing and create it into a masterpiece of destiny, redemption, and purpose.
Think about the disciples, Peter, Andrew, James and John. They were not famous religious leaders or soldiers in the Roman Army. They came from humble beginnings and sufficient education. They probably had their own families to deal with besides their fishing trade. They too were looking for hope for the future. Perhaps they wanted to see something a bit more special than daily fishing and chores. What they didn’t realize was that God was present among them, noticing their hearts and desires. They were doing their standard routine when Jesus called them to follow him.
Where you are in life today and what your daily routine is not unnoticed by God. The time is fast approaching when you will get up to do your daily routine and have an incredible encounter with God that will launch you into his unveiling of his purpose for your life.
You are a carrier of destiny and purpose. You are a vessel in which He will pour our his redeeming love to those around you.
While you wait, do this:
God hovers over us. It’s up to us to learn how to recognize and enjoy his presence while we wait for him to release us into a new season of destiny, impact, and purpose.
As you wait for God to speak and release his creative miracle into your situation, I invite you to spend time with Him:
- Find your favorite worship music and play it in your home when (and if) possible
- Steal moments during the day to actively meditate on God and His Word
- Pray in tongues (or the spirit)
- Seek the Lord and wait patiently for him.
A simple prayer to pray
Father, I thank you that you are not afraid of “nothing”. You created the earth out of nothing. You birthed me into existence. I declare that my life is of hope, purpose, and destiny. Thank you that in this time of my life, your spirit is strong with me and with my family. Holy Spirit, come. Pour out your fire in my life and heart. I am not alone. Thank you, Lord, that you are taking my “nothing” and turning it into something amazing, powerful, and full of courage. As I wait, I ask Lord for your patience and the ability to recognize you in the waiting. In Jesus name, Amen.