Beginning Again: Spirit
When God began to create the heavens and the earth- the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, God's wind swept over the waters.
Gen 1:1-2 (CEB)
When Disney produced Pocahontas it was, most obviously, devoid of any actual history. Less obvious was the side role of "wind." It moved the plot forward, it became a bigger role than that non-speaking raccoon.
Here's the question that arose following the big screen debut of Pocahontas:: What does wind look like? Disney's solution was to have dying leaves being moved by it.
"Have you ever seen the colors of the wind?"
This question perplexed many a child, who would longingly look out her window, hoping for the wind to brush through her hair like Pocahontas. Only, when that wind did come, it created a rat's nest that took hours to untangle. Those beautiful leaves were a mess too. It looked beautiful on screen. In actuality, a bunch of dying leaves coming at your face is nothing but a mess!
Perhaps, this is the truth in the Spirit. We want to have this romanticized view, where we are gently moved along. In reality, the Spirit unsettles us. The Spirit tangles us up a bit; leaves us a bit disheveled.
How is the Spirit unsettling you?
Dear Spirit that moves over the deep,
Move over us, and help us name our chaos.