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Genesis 1:2-3 (New International Version)

“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.

And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”

I woke up this morning in a panic. That happens to me from time to time.There were so many things to do already, many of which were left undone from yesterday because a 24-hour stomach bug took me out early on. Between hubby, children, home, work, and ministry many many people, projects, and promises beg for my attention. I remembered a phone call that I had gone out of my way to schedule for Monday night. Today is Friday morning. I owe someone an apology. I thought of all the messages that I’ve left this week. I recall all of the pressing matters that I leave on my desktop as I close up shop nightly. Items that I desired to have completed by the end of this week now spill over into next.

My prayer time was uncharacteristically scatter-brained. As I quieted down to talk to the Lord, random thoughts popped up across the landscape of my mind, like persistent, ugly weeds. I could not resist the urge to pounce on them. Doing so, however, caused me to turn my back on the only One who could tame my restless, already-overwrought-even-though-it’s-only-5:30AM-mind.

“Shhh. It’s okay, Sheeri,” the Holy Spirit whispered to my soul. “I know. I’ve got you.”

“Okay, Lord,” came my childlike whisper in the disappearing darkness of the morning.

As I allowed Jehovah Shalom to take over my heart and mind, my spirit calmed. The dread of all that could go wrong melted away into peace. The verse above emerged as a picture in my mind.

I envision the dark, formless, empty deep. I see the Spirit of God hovering over the chaos. The Amplified version offers “moving” and “brooding.”

Brooding. That appeals to me. That’s the feeling I encountered this morning. The Holy Spirit brooded over me. He was preoccupied with Sheeri for my good. My favorite part of this verse is what comes next. “And God said…” What comforting words those are to me. I know that when God speaks to any situation it is settled. So my very short prayer this morning was, “Speak Lord.”

Whether you face a morning, a work day, a situation, or a season that threatens chaos, your means of gaining control is by giving it to your Father. His Spirit hovers over the chaos in the darkness. Allow him, ask him to speak to your situation. Experience the true peace that can only be found in his presence. Take some time to commune with your God this morning so that you can gain his perspective. You may find that even if no particular part of what you face changes, how you view it will. And that’s a pretty great start!

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