Big and Small

Painting by April L.

When you’re looking up into the beauty of a clear night sky, not all of those glittering dots are stars. A few are actually planets. You all probably already knew that, geniuses that you are, but when my husband informed me of this fact a few years into our marriage, I was flabbergasted. Absolutely stunned. Somehow, I had made it 30+ years into life without ever knowing I could see planets with my naked eyes. This will certainly not be the case for my own children as I point it out to them every single time I notice Jupiter shining in the sky. They are, of course, completely over this fun fact and mostly just roll their eyes at me, groaning, “We know, Mom.” 

But seriously, how amazing is it that you can look into the sky and see other worlds? How incredible to catch a tiny glimpse of the vast beauty of God’s universe. We stand here on earth and look at the endless crashing of the ocean and sense His magnitude. We stand in awe of the grandeur of mountain ranges and the Grand Canyon and then, THEN we look up into the night sky and see His infinite presence. He is so, so BIG.

But here’s the thing…He is small, too. The God who created the infinite universe created you too and He fits himself into your life. He cares about your little things. He really does. The God who created Jupiter and Venus also took the time to provide a cart left out in the parking lot that one time I went to ALDI with three kids and a week’s worth of grocery list and no quarter. (For the uninitiated, ALDI is an awesome discount grocer that requires a quarter deposit to get a cart, which encourages you to return it to the store to get your quarter back, which means there are rarely carts left out in the parking lot.)  The God who filled the universe with uncountable stars, led my boss to stop by my house to drop something off the day I left in a whirlwind of kids and bags and drama and managed to leave my front door standing wide open for what would have been hours. (My boss couldn’t quite tell if the place had been ransacked or if it always looked like that, but he was kind enough to make sure there were no bad guys hanging around and locked the door on his way out.) The God who "determines the number of stars and calls them each by name" (Psalm 147:4) is the same God who says, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine" (Isaiah 43:1).

God is infinitely big and incredibly personal. I look up at those planets in the sky and I am overwhelmed by how magnificent it all is…and sometimes I even think that maybe He created all of that just for my moment of wonder. He probably had other reasons too…but I bet He knew I’d appreciate it. 

Look around you today and notice God's infinite grandness.  Do you feel it in the sunset? Or in the sunrise, for you nutty morning people! Do you see it shining out of your child's smile? Do you hear it in the rumble of a thunderstorm? Then, look and take notice of His intentional, personal love for you. What little thing happened exactly the way it needed to?  Who showed up just in the nick of time? What got lifted from your shoulders right when you needed a break the most?  Look and SEE the big and small ways God is loving on you.  Revel in it, soak it up, and carry it with you.  

Jenn is a book-reading, quietly nerdy introvert who has, one choice at a time, managed to completely surround herself with chaos.  Wife to one incredible man, and homeschooling-mama to three crazy-awesome boys, life is almost never quiet...but in each day there are moments - brief pauses in the crazy - and it is there that she finds God.  He is in a quiet breeze through the trees, in a one-on-one conversation, in a lingering glance at a sleeping child's face.  It is enough.