We stopped off at Mammoth Cave on the return trip from my son-in-law’s graduation from the doctoral program at Southern Seminary. Deep in the cave, I had the hand of one of my Alabama grandsons when the guide said, “Now turn off all your flashlights!” Suddenly, deep darkness, the kind where you can’t even see your hand in front of your face. Formless emptiness—this is the condition of the earth when Moses starts to get into his redemptive story in Genesis.
“Now the earth was formless and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2
Put yourself in a movie theater where all the lights are out and all you can hear is wind churning up an ocean with no shores—that’s tense. And the text doesn’t give us any explanations about why all the lights are out and there’s water everywhere, but it gives us hope. Like a brooding hen, God’s Spirit is hovering over the face of the waters.
The dark chaos hits me hard when I get the news that someone close has lost a son or daughter to suicide or a friend gets a medical report that diagnoses a tough disease with no present cure. Here in Texas we all feel the chaos as we see the images of more flooded neighborhoods in Houston where friends thought Harvey was enough for a lifetime. This is when I cry out to God’s life-giving Spirit and ask him to turn on the lights.
LORD, help me not to try to explain the meaning of the chaos when it overwhelms. You didn’t go into a long explanation about the origin of the dark chaos as we begin Genesis. So help me to face the fact that one of the basic realities of the opposition against you is that it doesn’t make sense. And in the darkness help me to cling to the Apostle John’s promise that you are light and in you there is no darkness, and that in the New Heaven and Earth there will no longer be this chaotic, threatening sea.
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