Genesis 1 is the story of creation. I researched several Bible translations and paraphrases to find the meaning of Genesis 1:1. Most of them say: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. There are a few exceptions: The Message says "First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see," and the Wycliffe says "In the beginning God made of nought heaven and earth."
The arresting and momentous opening of Genesis proclaims God's sovereignty and eternal existence. There is a quality of peace in the simple proclamation. Whatever else happened at that time, God was there, and he was always there before there was even a beginning.
And the the Spirit of God was hovering over the water.(NIV) Even in the dark and empty void, God was there with purpose and intent. His Spirit hovered, waiting, creating, planning.