DAY 1 : CREATION (hovering) AND O.T.

We first read about the Holy Spirit at the very beginning, aptly called Genesis. “The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the deep” (Genesis 1:2). What does that mean? What did that look like?

The word for hovering packs an image to help us understand it: picture a hen with her little chicks peeping around her. When she calls them to herself, she spreads her wings and flutters them; they instinctively know to go to her when she does that. This opening of her wings is her invitation to come in, to be safe, to rest, and to live. 

This is what the Holy Spirit was doing — hovering over the waters, calling the earth to life, calling all that was to be created into being, getting it ready for the booming voice of God to bring order from chaos, light from darkness, life from nothing.

And He hovers over you too.

He wants to ready you to listen to God’s booming voice call you by name into His light and life. 

Even in the beginning, the Trinity was present: God the Father speaking, the Spirit preparing, and Christ creating (Colossians 1:16,17). They are also present for you: God the Father loving you, providing for you. The Spirit preparing you, calling to you, energizing you. Jesus creating in and through you.


Morning Pause: Pause and accept the Holy Spirit’s invitation “to come in, to be safe, to rest, and to live.” What will that look like for you today? How can you remain in Him, abide in Him (John 15)?

Afternoon Pause: Midday is a good time to refresh yourself and reconnect with the Trinity, remembering that in Christ you have “all you need for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). He’s got you. As a believer, the Holy Spirit is in you as your wise counselor. Call out to Him for what you need.

Evening Pause: Did you hear the voice of God booming through your spirit today, not in an audible voice, but in a Spirit-to-spirit voice, urging you toward certain people or thoughts, or guiding you away from temptation or sin? Journal about that, record any lessons you learned, and be at peace.