The Gift of Nothing
1 When God began to create the heavens and the earth-- 2 the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters-- 3 God said, “Let there be light.” And so light appeared. 4 God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God named the light Day and the darkness Night.
There was evening and there was morning: the first day.
Gen 1:-5 CEB
-Rev Melissa Fain-
I don't think our culture truly appreciates the gift of a blank slate, a fresh start; an empty canvas. In other words, I don't think we appreciate when we get to start from nothing.
We long to be that person who has their personal picture all colored in. We eagerly join the communities already full of programming. We want the answers already written, or at least, have a good idea what the questions are.
Emptiness needs to be filled. It's like a vacuum, and we are compelled to fill our blank spaces as soon as possible. Unfortunately, when we don't let the empty spaces sit, things we don't want or need fill those areas.
Nothingness is scary, but it is a gift from God.
According to Genesis 1: When God created the heavens and the earth, there was something that already existed. The sea was there. It was brimming with chaotic elements. God didn't create over the chaos. God ordered the chaos, and from the empty space, God created.
Consider that. Let it sit with you for a moment. It was from the emptiness, that grace and love were created. The chaos was pushed aside, and from the blank slate- everything was created.
Let us wait in the silence. Let us appreciate the emptiness. Anything is possible from within it.