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1.3 Brooding

For some people part of the emptiness may be in their relationship with God. God may seem distant or uncaring, or the whole idea of God may be dark and empty for them. Yet even when we are so disconnected from God, He cares about us. The Story of Creation describes the Spirit of God hovering over the face of the waters. “The Spirit of God stands for the Lord's mercy, which is portrayed as moving constantly, like a hen brooding over her eggs” (Secrets of Heaven 19). That is the way the Lord is watching over us. He says, "O Jerusalem… How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings...” (Matthew 23.37).

The Lord sees all of us with an eternal perspective. “Divine Providence in all its proceedings with us regards our eternal state” (Divine Providence 59). He is always paying attention to our potential. While the Lord hovers over us like a brooding hen, we are like eggs—full of possibilities, growing invisibly on the inside, but still unconscious of what most of those possibilities are. Somewhere in the process the shell has to be broken for the chick to hatch, and our self-centered illusions have to be shattered for us to realize the true potential of our marriage.