Isaiah 40:12 MSG – “Who has scooped up the ocean in his two hands, or measured the sky between his thumb and little finger?”
I’m just amazed by the creation which surrounds us. Yesterday I challenged the women I get to mentor in BIG Life Mentoring to practice what I call “Gosh Living”. To have fresh eyes and view everything in awe. We are surrounded by astounding miracles and unexplainable beauty every day of our lives, yet we’re so accustom to it, even bored by it, on most days we never even take notice. But when we intentionally choose to live in awe, we are left saying “gosh, that is beautiful. Gosh that is remarkable. Gosh this is priceless.” That is GOSH Living and it’s a special way to live our days in awe.
I’ve shared the story of our family moving nearly every year. Not just to a new home, but we typically move to a new state and a totally new environment. We have two reasons for moving so much, and no neither of them are because we sell drugs or we’re on the run. (We get that a lot.) We move one, because this world is big and beautiful and we simply want to see more of it. And two, because we never want to stop living in awe. It’s harder to have fresh eyes when you’ve lived in the same house for 20 years. So we move and I constantly live in awe.
One of our homes for a season was on a 200 acre ranch in Arkansas. It was a hunting ranch set up for wealthy city folks who wanted to get away, spend time on the river, hunt deer and bear, and just be in God’s country. We found this ranch online on one of those vacation rental websites, and we moved in for a year. It was fun and exciting and a totally different pace of life for us. We settled down and got a dog, the legendary BIG Life Puppy you see in all my yoga photos, and I tried my hand at raising chickens. I won’t go into details, but we’ll just say that didn’t work out so well. The ranch house set high on a bluff overlooking a river and the fields below. Living there helped me understand how big this world is. As far as the eye could see, for hundreds of miles were fields and hills, ponds and barns and cows. But my favorite time was early in the morning before the sun came up. In the dark, it seemed even bigger. The bluff just dropped off into pure darkness.
It’s big when I can see it. But wow, when I can’t see it, it’s even bigger. There’s so much more of this world that we can’t see. My mind can’t even grasp how big God’s creation is. This beautiful ball of green and blue which we live on is just a speck of sand compared to the universe we live in. If you have 3 minutes today, go to YouTube and watch the video titled “Mind Blowing, the Earth Compared to the Rest of the Universe” https://youtu.be/1Eh5BpSnBBw And understand this mind blowingly huge universe is what is being referred to in today’s scripture when it says God measured the sky between his thumb and little finger.
Stretch out your hand right now and look at it. Look at the distance between your outstretched thumb and little finger. When God stretches out his hand like that, it measures the entire world. And he holds it all in the palm of his hand.
Why is this important to us today? OUR GOD IS BIG. Don’t forget that. He is big and he is powerful. He is bigger than any problem you may be facing. What is your personal “impossible” in your world right now? It seems big and overwhelming to you doesn’t it? Big problems are NOTHING to our BIG God.
We’ve put God in a little box and minimized him. He is uncontainable. His palms are big enough to hold the entire world. God is BIG. Say that with me – God is BIG.
He’s bigger than my problems. He’s bigger than my worries.
We know that God is omnipresent, meaning he is everywhere at all times. Well of course he is. Once you understand how big his hands are, you understand he really is right here with you at this moment and he’s right here with me too because God is BIG. Sometimes when I understand just how BIG my God is, it makes him seem untouchable, unapproachable and impersonal.
But this great big God who is all knowing and all powerful takes his care for us to a unbelievable individual level. Luke 12:7 reminds us “the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are of great worth to God.”
Sister, you are of great worth to God. He knows exactly how many hairs are on your head at this moment. They’re not only counted, but they’re numbered. And there’s a difference there. Counted means he knows how many but numbered takes it even further. Numbered means God knows exactly where each hair is. If the creator of the universe would take person interest in not only knowing how many hairs are on your head, but also knowing exactly where each hair belongs, don’t you understand he cares about every detail of your life? He is concerned about that which concerns you. Nothing escapes his notice. Don’t you know he SEES YOU TODAY. He sees you and oh how he loves you.
So what does this mean to you today? If the God who’s hand is so big he can hold the entire world in his palm, has numbered your hairs, this means you have no need to worry. The God you love and serve is BIG. BIGGER than your troubles. BIGGER than that which worries you. And he loves you wildly. He cares about every detail of your life. His eye is on you. He’s got you.
Find peace in that today. He’s got you. His great big hands are holding you and his loving eyes are watching over you.