Formless and Void

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:2

This picture of creation, closely examined, is different from the one I grew up learning in Sunday School. Formless, void and darkness do not denote nothing; they speak of chaos. Energy expended to no end. Like someone had taken several different colors of Play-Doh, mushed them together and said “There.” Something disordered, fruitless and perhaps dangerous.

The truth of these words strike me in days when I may have no reason to leave the house, to see or been seen by anyone outside my family. The carefully ordered structure of work, eating, play and relationship can easily break down in this time of Covid isolation. And I find I like order. I don’t want my days to be chaos. Do you?

Order and disorder of routine seem to work on the same mechanism as avalanches. The accumulation of small things can lead to dramatic results.

A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a thief
    and scarcity like an armed man.

Proverbs 6:10&11; 24:33&24

So get dressed today. Make your bed. Start your day with a bible reading. And pray that as you order the tasks of your day, so would Jesus order the loves of your heart.

Lord, grant me strength and peace for today.

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