Big AND Small

Big AND Small

        God is big. 

        Has that fact ever just flat-out, smacked you upside-the-head?!  Maybe it was as you stared up into the depths of His galaxy on dark, cloudless night; or perhaps standing at the top of His mountain and looking for miles and miles into His creation?

        Whatever that moment was, hopefully you’ve had a few times in your life when you were put in awe of the Bigness of God your Creator.

        David described a “God is big” moment in Psalm 8:  O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! … When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 

When we consider the bigness of God, David & I both quickly (& correctly) feel small. 

What is man that you are mindful of him?

God is Big.  It’s true.  The good news is that He’s also small.  Let me explain. 

The other evening, I took a walk.  And as I walked, I started talking to God about life.  And part way through my prayer, I started to feel a little ridiculous.  I mean, this is THE ALMIGHTY, EVERLASTING God! He has much larger problems to handle than mine.  Why bother God with my petty troubles? 

Then, as I’m having this thought, I have an epiphany.  It was a strange epiphany on the side of the road.  Some might have called it a dead bird.  But, to me it was a reminder:  “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

I doubt anyone gave a second glance when that bird died.  But, God noticed.  So, if God knows notices when a worthless bird croaks, it stands to reason that He knows and cares for you, because you are worth more than many sparrows.  Listen to David again: 

O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. (Psalm 139)

May we remember that God is both big AND small.  He’s powerful and caring.  He’s mighty and loving.  He created it all and wants a relationship with all of us.  He’s big enough to handle anything you bring Him and “small” enough to care for each of us.  “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 

May we learn to trust and entrust our lives to the God of the Big and the small.