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!