Although the universe was extremely hot at the moment of the Big Bang darkness prevailed as light could not yet escape. Formless waste is how the author describes the nascent universe when the extreme temperature prevented atoms from forming. The water is the authors way of describing the swirling gases that form as the universe cools and atoms can finally form. The awesome wind is the rapidly expanding universe. Then God caused the light to be separated from darkness at 380,000 years after the Big Bang during the epoch of recombination.
Of course! Why didn't we see this decades ago?!
Gotta hand it to you. That interpretive shoehorn really is an eye opener!