God's Incubator

chicken brooding over eggs“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

                                                 Genesis 1:1-2

Last week I was blessed to spend my recovery time at camp.  While there I was able to catch up with a friend I used to live near.  She told me that she was going through a confusing time and didn’t understand what God was up to in her life.  She explained this weird unsettling feeling, sensing that God was doing something, wanting to know what was ahead.  She was in God’s incubator!

As Edna spoke the verse from Genesis came to mind.  The word used for God’s activity before creating the earth is translated “hovering” in most Bible versions, but the original Hebrew meaning comes from the root of the word “brood”.  I learned on my Uncle’s farm that birds brood by hovering over the eggs keeping them hot like a baby in an incubator.   The farmer has to wait until the brooding time is over and the chicks are hatched.

So often before God is going to bring something new into the world, or into our lives, the Holy Spirit “hovers and broods” over our spirits.   It’s a time when we are unsettled.  Frequently, God moves us into “hot spots” and makes us wait for an undetermined amount of time.  The old ways are no longer comfortable, but lack fulfillment.  There is this sensing that things are about to change, but you don’t know how…or when!  Much like the feeling of a pregnant mother when the baby is getting close to the delivery date.

If you are sensing this in your life, be encouraged.  God IS up to something good.  Relax and wait for His perfect timing.  Incredible things are birthed in God’s Incubator!


Father…I thank-you for what you are doing in my life.  I may not understand it, but I trust that what you are doing will bring life!  Help me to patiently wait while you brood over me.   In Jesus Name…Amen!


  1. Edna says

    Thanks! Sherry you are awesome, thank you for ‘hatching’ a new outlook on this for me. You are the best!!! I love you.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Love the incubator talk 🙂 May God’s blessing be on whatever He births in and through you! ~Sherry

  2. Betty Catto says

    Thank you so much for this. Like your friend I also am sensing that God is going to be doing something ‘new’ in/with me. I remember going through this before. In some of previous times I have actually felt like running away but didn’t. It is an uncomfortable place to be for me for the beginning of it until I fully realize what He is doing. I am beginning to get excited about what He is able to do. I look forward to reading your posts every week as the majority of the time they encourage me. May God bless you and your family and may He continue opening doors for you to minister .


    • Sherry Stahl says

      Thanks for writing Betty! Hope the times the blog doesn’t encourage you that it challenges you to not run away, but wait and see what new thing God has in store 🙂 May God Bless you and Your Family too! ~Sherry

  3. Ernest Munsami says

    I like what you shared regarding God’s incubator. In His time He wil bring life. Very encouraging for us who are facing challenge so. .thanks —- your are a blessing.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      I’m so glad you found that post encouraging. Asking the Father to bless you and strengthen you to bring new life for you!

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