“O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great.
There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.
These all look to you to give them their food in due season; when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.” (Psalm 104:24 -29)
I seem to remember that somewhere in the creation story the narrative said that the Spirit of the Lord hovered over the waters. Not exactly those words, but that intent is found in Genesis chapter one in the first few verses. I was reminded about this when I read these verses from Psalms. The Spirit of the Lord was there, in the midst of creation. Guiding creation, and powering creation.
“When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.” (Verse 30)
And in the garden the Lord God was there; the story of Adam and Eve portrays a God who was there in person. But, in the garden. Outside of the garden it seems as if the Lord God was less accessible. It makes sense to think about all of creation groaning and waiting for the return of the Spirit. Humanity did not think to groan maybe because the Spirit of the Lord was not as tangible. Puzzling, isn’t it. The Spark of the Divine that is in each of us, having been made in the Image of the Creation, does call out to the Creator. But from the time that God raised up a called and chosen people, they/we have gotten so good at ignoring that impulse to seek the Lord. Or more aptly, stifling it.
There are some – more than some actually throughout history who have sought the Lord. Abraham did not, until the Lord called him. But the Lord did know that Abraham would heed that call; and that most of his descendants would as well. Before Abraham there was a family line that knew and followed the Lord. Descended from Seth whose parents were Adam and Eve, the book of Genesis traces the lineage down through the generations. And then came Noah. But you know these stories as well as I beloved reader. That the descendants of Noah populated the earth until Abraham. And then something changed. From a thin line of lineage there came a nation. And we know that story too. And out of that nation came Joseph and Mary. And something changed again.
“May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works– who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD.
Bless the LORD, O my soul. Praise the LORD!” (Verses 31 – 34, 35b)
All that time the Spirit hovered. At some points touching significantly the lives of some. Growing, changing, developing, and spreading. Down through the generations – hundreds of generations, until it narrowed down to just one. But what a One!
May you, beloved reader, be watchful of the blessings and traces of the Holy Spirit. Accepting and welcoming when it alights on you! Selah!