A guy said to God, “Is it true that to you a billion years is like a second?” God says, “Yes!” So the guy says, “Is it true that to you a billion dollars is like a penny?” God says, “Yes!” The guy says, “God can you give me a penny?” God replies, “Sure, just a second.”
I have been alive for 37 years, and I am realizing that we just don’t think on the same scale as God does. What we think is a big deal, God says “don’t sweat the small stuff” (Matthew 6:25-34).
And the things we think are no big deal, God tells us to pay very close attention, cause it matters (John 16:23).
Whenever things are going my way, and life is just pounding on me relentlessly, I just have this image of Satan pointing and laughing and saying “where is your God now?” I have this chronic condition where I constantly tell God how big my problem is. When I pray, sure I thank him for all that he’s done. Thank him for my family. Bless this person and bless that person.
I give Him praise and I throw some worship in there. Then I get to the painful stuff that pulls on me every day. I am sure to let God know just how this debt is hurting me. How I wish my kids would just behave. How my marriage would be better if my wife would just act right. But how is he supposed to fix things if he doesn’t know how big my problem is? Matthew 6:8 tells us that God already knows what our problem is before we ask him about it.
How Big is God?
Recently he suggested to me I do something different. So I’m doing the exact opposite. Instead of telling God how big my problem is, I am telling my problem how big my God is and believing that he will take care of me like he said he would. I speak to the spirit of procrastination. I rebuke the spirit of lust. I admonish the spirit of pride. I tell them that my God has the whole world in his hands, and he knows my name.
Every day I lean on Him and not my own understanding of how big or little God is.
After my new found revelation, I wondered how did I not know this in my previous 32 years (minus the 5 when all I cared about was cheerios and cartoons and candy). I am at a point in my life where I do not want to be anywhere that God isn’t. I am sorry God, but I am going to be that clingy significant other. Or like your dog when you tell them you are going to the kitchen for a drink and they go “no problem, I will just come with you to make sure you are ok.”
The good news is, he loves that. He wants to be involved in every single, small, tiny, large, gargantuan (gargantuan is one of my favorite words but very rarely do I get to use it in a sentence) aspect of your life.
The question asked for the title is “How big is God…really?” How big God is, depends on how close or how far you are from him. You may be in a dark place right now with no hope and it seems like he is so far away. All you have to do is draw nearer to him and he will draw nearer to you. A plane in the sky looks so tiny that you could squash it between two fingers. But that same plane is gigantic when you are on the ground standing next to it. It all depends on how close you are.
God wants you all up in his business, his personal space, his bubble, or whatever you want to call it. He wants you right there. Just remember how big God is to you depends on how close or how far you are from him. Draw near to him. I promise it will be the best decision you have ever made.
Prescott Williamson is a Bible-believing Christian. He is a husband, a father, and someone who believes that there is a little humor to be found in whatever situation God sends your way. He was born in the small islands of the Bahamas but now lives in the Suburbs of Fort Worth Texas, which is basically the same thing. He enjoys TV, reading, blogging and serving in his church (especially on the days they serve donuts). You can see what I have been thinking about lately on my blog www.prescottascoolbreeze.com.
Total amen! I have been in that far away, dark, angry place, pointing at God for everything that goes wrong, only later to realize how wrong I was–and only God can tell me that. I am glad that He doesn’t tell me what will happen otherwise I would never bother to try. And, He lets us crash and burn at times. Now, because of His strength, I can spend every morning in His Word, His presence, praising Him and thanking Him for His constant provision despite circumstances. His bigger interest is in our character not our situation that He already knows about. I have read Brother Lawrence’s book called ‘The Practice of the Presence of God.’ Despite his catholicism, he had a wonderful attitude towards being constantly in God’s presence, rather than anything else. His little book was a life-changing way for me to spend time in that prayer/praise/worship and the sharing of His good news.
I am so glad you realized this like I did. Finding strength and peace in God is so satisfying. Thank you so much for reading