|A Needle Felted Bird made by Me|
Apparently, God could make blank planets - without form and with nothing on them. It was that was with what we call, Earth. I am imagining earth as a sphere as it is now, covered over with water. Water seems pretty important to God and He makes it important to people since 60% of us is water. We know that now, 70% of the Earth's surface is covered by water. So it would seem that water is something that God likes to use to create with.
Darkness was over the surface of the deep. The "deep" most likely references "the sea" as it does in other places. Of course it was dark, there was no light created yet. That means that God can see in the dark and do some amazing creating in the process. He doesn't need light, yet later Jesus becomes a symbol of light. Very curious.
And now we see that the Spirit of God hovered over the waters. There are only three times in the NIV that the word "hover" is used, the other two symbolize a protecting bird that also rescues. If I think of God, as a protective mother bird, tending to His eggs about to hatch, that really sheds new light on this verse for me.
In summary, God:
- is one who can make not only a blank planet, but a pregnant one about to hatch
- likes to use water to make things with
- Doesn't need light
- is like a mother bird, caring for her nest