The Hover

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 

Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good.  Then he separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light ‘day’ and the darkness ‘night.’ And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.”

Genesis 1:1-5 NLT [emphasis added]

Patience is one of the most disrespected virtues we possess.

It’s simple. It makes room.  It’s calculated.

Patience is the ultimate peace.  

Before we even knew what patience was, our Father demonstrated it.

During the forming of the heavens and the earth, He hovered. While hovering, we can be certain that He waited for the perfect time to call light into existence.

How do we know it was perfect, you ask? Well, isn’t everything that God does perfect?

When reading Genesis 1, I often return to the same question: Why did God choose that particular time to create?

Perhaps we’ll never know that answer, but we can rest in the confidence of knowing that God’s patience led to God’s perfect timing.

In our own lives, we should rest in the confidence of that same principle.

Truthfully, I’m as inpatient as a pet waiting for a special treat.  I want everything right now and on my time.  Sometimes I want it so badly I can’t stand still.  It’s literally an act of God to get me to wait – to hover over my circumstance – and to wait for the His right time.

But God proves over and over again that His timing is better than ours.  So instead of being frustrated with the wait, instead of continuously asking the same questions:

“When, God?”

“How much longer, God”

“Where are you, God?”

Try appreciating the calculated patience.  We don’t know what He’s thinking or planning, but we know that He’s currently hovering over our situations and planning to call our perfect blessing into existence.




Is there something in your life that you’ve been forced to patiently wait for? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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Elana Cole is an author, educator, and coach who is passionate about helping others in their personal journeys towards a more beautiful life. She is the author of "The Midnight Experience" and creator of Empowered Narrative, a blog about transforming the way you live and love.

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