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.
These are some tough concepts to grasp since we have never seen a "formless and empty" earth. It seems to need further explanation, but how do you explain what no one's ever seen. It's like trying to describe a flavor of a food to someone who's never tasted anything even similar to it. Weird things usually end up being described as tasting like chicken. Well, what if you had to describe it to someone who'd never eaten chicken. How do you describe what chicken tastes like? I'd be like, "Well, I don't know. Chicken tastes like chicken." We don't have any english words to describe what chicken tastes like. It's such a common food that we just assume people know what chicken tastes like. But the situation God is in is like trying to explain what chicken tastes like to people who will never taste chicken. Now, that makes me a little confused about the next phrase.
darkness was over the surface of the deep
It seems to be their wouldn't be a "surface of the deep" if it's formless and empty. I do think this is emphasizing how dark it was and empty.
and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Now, I would have thought with it being formless and empty that there wouldn't be any waters, but apparently there was. Maybe it was all water. Who knows? Only God. But I do want to point out that here we see the involvement of the Holy Spirit in this process. After all, we do all understand that all three persons of the Trinity were part of the creation, I hope. That is very important to understand.
Dear Jesus, thank you for creating our beautiful earth for us to live on and thank you for your word.