puget sound wa. Mt. Rainier in the background.  may 2012   jlc

I have been at loose ends the last few days, not quite sure what to write about. 

Not exactly writer’s block.  More like writer’s barrage.

No focus, too much info, no direction. 
Can’t write, won’t make the Monday meet up deadlines.
What’s a person to do?

Perhaps if  I could draw a picture of my distracted thoughts, it would be a bicycle wheel with 100 spokes coming out from a hub in the middle labeled “Which voice to listen to?”

The spokes would be coming out in criss-crossed directions, ends touching a myriad of points: 

  • Daily Devotions–what about that Charles Spurgeon passage you read?
  • Bible Study–John Chapter 2 has got to have SOMETHING in it….
  • What’s God saying to you at work?
  • What’s God doing in your family? (Think weddings, babies, birthdays…)
  • What’s God speaking to you about in your life?  (Your husband’s retiring, remember?)
  • What’s He doing in your relationships? 
                          Ann Voskamp says,
                         “All the world is a window.
                          No material is opaque.” 
                            What is He showing you?

  • Which piece of fiction (two right now) is speaking to you?
  • What about that study book on the Song of Solomon?
  • Surely there’s something in  The Artist’s Way?”    

                                   (There’s that discussion group and all).

  • Oh yeah, what did you hear in church yesterday?

Indeed, what DID I hear in church yesterday?

The pastor said something about how God specializes in making order out of chaos

He loves to speak life into new things

He loves to birth something new in us

“Behold I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? 
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”  Isaiah 43:19

This Sunday was the last in a video series on Creation called “God of Wonders“. 
After viewing it the Pastor shared a little from the Word.

Turns out in Genesis 1:1 when God created the Heaven and the Earth and the earth was formless and void (“an empty waste” in the Amplified) He did it by ‘brooding’ or ‘overshadowing’  (hovering) over the waters.

God’s Very First Thing to do?  Create something beautiful and amazing out of ‘an empty waste’ that was ‘formless and void.’

The Greek word used for hovering?  ‘epischiazo‘—the same Greek word used when the Angel told Mary the Spirit of God would overshadow her to bring new life.

I felt like my words this week were floating about in the empty waste of my mind, definitely without form.

I began to realize that God was bringing order and something creative out of my confusion and chaos and not-hearing.  Bringing new life, new words.

Who knew? God, who does what only He can do– 
Birth something new in me in an ongoing creation process as He continues to hover over the vast body of water that is my life.

Creation may be God’s Very First Thing to do, but it certainly isn’t His last.

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