A Big God

For the past 6 weeks I’ve been doing Matt Chandler’s Bible Study “The Explicit Gospel.” It’s our Women’s Summer Study and I was very excited when I heard it was going to be a book by Matt Chandler. I listen to the Village Church podcast as often as I can and I’m always impressed at how clearly and bluntly Matt can communicate big, important and complicated topics.

This week is our final week and I’m sad to see it be completed. Every week I feel like I’m diving head first into who God is and catching a glimpse of how big His glory is. I keep mentioning the word “big” and it’s perfect that it’s the word that keeps coming to mind. One of the large takeaways I’ve had through this study is how big God is.

I watched this video where God is compared to the entire universe and then we are mentioned. A small speck amongst billions of stars, millions of galaxies and countless planets. When I was praying I couldn’t help but imagine God working across the universe creating astounding creations that we can’t even fathom but for some reason listening when I pray to Him. This enormous, sovereign, omnipotent being makes time to listen to these small creatures that aren’t even the largest creatures on this tiny planet in a small galaxy.

Now the really meaty part is that he doesn’t just listen to us, he granted us mercy. It’s our nature to disobey Him and he knows that we are going to fail. But in his merciful kindness he sent his son to be a sacrifice for us. This isn’t a son that he created for this specific purpose. This was a son who had been there from the beginning with Him. A big God sent a big God to give his life for ours. Out of the entire cosmos we were created, loved, saved and welcomed into this big God’s family.

There is so much to be thankful for in this life and it should all start with thanks that we have a Big God.

 

God didn’t put me in a headlock

I believe God lines things up in a certain way to show us a path without putting us in a headlock and dragging us kicking and screaming. Back in July, he showed me a brightly lit path to Him. I’ve always had troubles with faith and feeling like I could believe in anything but over the Summer it was like fog lifted and I could see. I felt whole, it wasn’t a fake “oh look at me here at church” feeling. I did have impostor’s syndrome at first. I thought everyone was going to point and say “she doesn’t truly believe” because I didn’t know the stories that they were referencing. Luckily, I also was able to see that true believers aren’t going to point and mock. They want you to feel included and bring you closer to Him.

So, first God clicks the button and the light flicked on. Then, while I was traveling, the leader of the location I was at gave me a book. The only condition was to pass the book along to someone else. The book was Love Does by Bob Goff; it was about his life and Christianity. I devoured the book and passed it on to another colleague who is also a Christian. Bob is an incredible writer; and I call him Bob because after reading the book I feel like we are friends even though we’ve never met. He has such a refreshing perspective on the Lord and it felt like God was saying, “you’ve shown up for Church, you bought the Bible but see what else you can learn.” Shortly after, my husband booked a retreat for us to attend to keep strengthening our marriage, which was all faith based.

After feeling a hole for such a long time, it is such a relief to just feel His love and to love him back.