Years ago, hubby and I went on a cruise. If you have ever been on a cruise ship then you know how enormous they are! It was easy to get lost at first- and if we ever were separated it was virtually impossible to find each other. The rooms, however, were just the opposite. Tight, shimmying around each other…and the bathroom could definitely be appropriately called a “water closet” regardless of your nationality or country of origin. After the ship got underway and we lost sight of the land, I noticed something. Visualize this with me. Small room….(zoom out)…huge ship…(zoom out)…vast ocean…(zoom out)…enormous earth…(zoom out)….universe, space, stars, galaxies. Do you see where I am going with this? I felt so small on that ship. Standing on the deck, I began to think…
I can’t see the land.
I can’t even imagine how much water is beneath this ship.
There is an entire ecosystem below the hull of this thing!
What kind of creatures are swimming below?
How deep is the water here?
If I were to take a cross-section of the Earth at this moment in time…how miniscule would the boat appear on that cross-section? I am just a speck on a vast horizon.
I felt so small. So insanely, incomprehensibly small. And if I am this small…how BIG is my God? Throughout this week, God has been reminding of my diminutive state in the most wonderful ways.
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? 13 Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as his counselor? 14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?
15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust….17 Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing. 18 With whom, then, will you compare God? To what image will you liken him?
21 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? 22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
25 “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
27 Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
Wow. Talk about feeling small. There is no one bigger and nobody higher than my God. There is nothing unseen…there is nothing unheard. Just imagining a whole ocean (the very ocean that this mammoth cruise ship was sitting on) being cupped in the palm of one of His hands. He knows exactly how much dust is in each mountain because He weighed them and formed each Himself. I look like a grasshopper to him. Whole nations look like piles of dust…just a drop in a bucket. The perspective I gained from the deck of this cruise ship coupled with this passage is just staggering. No, I can NOT fathom.
I am so small, yet He knows me by name. I am humbled. Truly humbled.
I cannot emphasize enough how awesome it is to keep a prayer journal. Just over the past few weeks, I have been blessed to thumb back through these pages and witness the many, many answered prayers and miracles He has performed. I actually make notes in the margins next to past prayer requests that contain dates, thanks, and references to the specific way that God answered. I don’t EVER want to forget how God’s hand has worked in this thankfully, tiny life! Normally, I count my blessings and number each in list form. Today, when I woke up, I felt like my blessings were too many to count. God has been amazingly BIG in this miniscule mom’s life; but, I will share a few.
This week, the Lord has moved mountains…He has raised valleys and He created level ground for the fellowship of a broken family.
He has shown the weather forecasters who is Boss…”rain”, they said. “SUN!”, He said.
Two sisters smiled.
Three generations of cousins.
Fishes and loaves.
Sleep and over-sleep.
Financial goals met with His provision.
Quiet time alone…but, thankfully never alone.
A bounty of first fruits.
The twinkling eyes of a new creation.
A foot on each side, covered by the hem of His garment. (Maybe, a post for another day…it was SO cool!)
God is amazing…and big…and wonderful…and just…and responsive…and healing…and powerful…and present.
Thank you, God, for being so big in this tiny life.