Thursday, January 17, 2013
HOW BIG IS MY GOD?
The past week has found me a busy Carol bee. I've been working on stuff for Lily's horse party. Yesterday as we were at Hobby Lobby, Lily announced to the cashier that she was "obsessed with her horse party." The cashier and I exchanged amused glances, and I laughed and said, "she must have heard that from me." You know, they are always listening, those children of ours. Especially when we don't think they are. I think the horse party will turn out fun, and as usual, I am trying to not go overboard. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be in my nature.
Anyway, the other thing that I have been working on is a walk that I have the privilege of helping to organize for three orphan-care ministries in our city. It's been an amazing process so far to see the ways that God is working in our city, and in the hearts of people working in this area. We are dreaming big and picturing a world where the church is meeting the needs of the orphan. Can you imagine what a difference that would make? What a difference it is already making?
Through this process I have realized how often I limit God. Though this sounds cliche, I often put him in a box. I am ashamed to admit this, but I can be afraid to ask for big things and dream God-sized dreams. I don't want to ask and be disappointed. But, the reality is that I often am not asking for the right things, and even more often, my perspective is too ingrained in my little part of the world to see his bigger picture. In his word, he is quite clear about his promises. (Philippians 4:19, 2 Peter 1:4, and Romans 8:37, to name a few) And, I believe that he is the God of the universe, who spoke the world into existence. Nothing is impossible for him. Absolutely nothing.
So, as we are heading into this effort to call the church into more action on behalf of the orphans in our midst, I stand in reverence of the God who made us all and cares more than we do. I am looking forward in anxious anticipation to see all that he will accomplish. We were blown away during our banquet, and this seems bigger. It is bigger.
And, I serve the biggest God. I can't wait to see what he will do, and I feel humbled to be able to work in this mission for such a time as this.