We are very, very small…

08/16/2007

I woke up this morning and looked out the window beside my bed. Living in an RV, the window is no more than two feet away. Off in the distance, flying through the morning fog, I saw two birds, and I thought about the two sparrows talked about in the book of Matthew.

What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on
your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:29-30 (NLT)

Thinking of that verse, if you have time, take a look at this myspacetv.com video about our earth.

It boggles my mind to think that the God who created all of this, loves us so much that He knows the hairs on our individual heads! And that we have so much to think about in our day that those hairs are turning gray?--obviously not in comparison to the God of so very much! Why would God, in all of this beauty and glory of Space, decide to create planet earth? A tiny, very miniscule part of these vast numbers of galaxies. And then, on planet earth, decide to place people here? And then, want a relationship with those people, so much so, that when those teeny, tiny, people mess up God’s perfect garden design, He sends His Son here to clean up the mess?

Out of the vastness of all this, Jesus left the Throne Room of Heaven, and came to teeny, tiny earth in the form of a small baby…not even that, in the form of a tiny seed planted in a woman--remaining unseen for nine months just like every other individual on this earth who has lived through a normal length pregnancy and delivery.

And we worry?
And we fret?
And we wonder if God is capable of handling all our problems today?
Let’s take some time to think about that…

Things started happening with Jesus even before He was born, as we read about when young Mary visited Elizabeth.

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,
where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth
heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was
filled with the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:39-41 (NIV)

How did John the Baptist know that His Lord had entered the room, even when both babies were still inside the womb? There was obviously more going on there than met the eye, and in watching that video of the size of our earth, there is a whole lot more going on than meets our eye…even through the most powerful of telescopes. We can’t even begin to explore all that’s out there. So far, we haven’t even explored everything that’s here, under our own oceans!

It’s hard sometimes in life, when the weight of everything gets to be more than we think we can bear--when the troubles come, when relationships struggle, when the sorrows mount, when just getting through a single day can zap our strength and leave us questioning why. Why all this? Why now? Why me? Why here? Why anything?

The world around us seems to crush us from the pressure, and we lose our focus on the big picture because our own personal picture seems so very big! We think, if anyone really knew…they would understand why we’re struggling so... And yet, it seems so few really even care…why is that?

Peter writes:

I have a special concern for you church leaders. I know what it's like to be a leader,
in on Christ's sufferings as well as the coming glory. Here's my concern: that you
care for God's flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to,
but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it,
but acting spontaneously. Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way. 1 Peter 5:1-3 (The Message)

I can get bossy. I can get very bold, and want to tell others what to do. It’s seems very easy at times to want to tell others what to do, doesn’t it? Why then, do we have such a hard time knowing what we should tell ourselves to do? Why is it so clear looking out, but when we are looking in, it gets fuzzy? Maybe it’s because we’re not supposed to be focused inward. But does that mean we’re supposed to be focused outward, directing other people’s lives then? I don’t think it means that either. I have heard it said, “If we have no responsibility in it, we have no right to an opinion about it.” So, I believe it means we’re supposed to be focused God-ward! Maybe instead of checking mapquest.com, looking for direction, we should link up with Godquest.com! (Which I just tried to do, and there is such a site!)

In reading through 1 Samuel the last couple of days, it seemed King Saul was running around like a chicken with his head cut off. He was after David, he wanted David dead, he tried everything he knew how to do, and yet David always eluded capture. Saul got so desperate he even consulted a medium after he had banned all mediums and psychics from the land of Israel. After the medium called Samuel up from the dead, Samuel asked King Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by calling me back?” (1 Samuel 28:15 NLT)

This is the wrong place for Saul to go when looking for direction!!
It angers God when we do so! (2 Chronicles 33:6)
Who did David ask advice from when he was running from Saul?
He talked to God about what he should do!

“O Lord, God of Israel, I have heard that Saul is planning to come and
destroy Keilah because I am here. Will the men of Keilah surrender me to him?
And will Saul actually come as I have heard? O Lord, God of Israel, please tell me.”
And the Lord said, “He will come.”
Again David asked, “Will these men of Keilah really betray me and my men to Saul?”
And the Lord replied, “Yes, they will betray you.”
1 Samuel 23:10-12 (NLT)

Reading down further in this story in 1 Samuel, it says that “Word soon reached Saul that David had escaped, so he didn’t go to Keilah after all.” (1 Samuel 23:13 NLT)

Do you find that interesting? First the Lord told David that Saul would come to Keilah to destroy it because David would be there. But because David talked to God, and wasn’t going to be there because of God’s warning, Saul didn’t go to Keilah after all…that sort of puzzles me and fascinates me at the same time. The Lord said, “He will come.” But he didn’t, because David wasn’t there. Does that make what the Lord said incorrect? Of course not, because God never makes mistakes. Maybe what it shows us all is that God knows exactly what’s going to happen, and if we will talk with Him about it, we would see His hand upon all our lives in a more amazing way. We would see how very much God cares about the sparrow, and how very much He cares about His children.

You may say, well, that was easy enough for David, he had a special relationship with God. He was said to be a man after God’s own heart…we can’t hear God like that today, and we especially shouldn’t bother Him with some of the little stuff that’s happening in our day.

But if we are open to the voice of God…we too can hear Him!

An example:

The other day I was going to meet a friend for coffee. We have talked quite a few times over the years, sharing our hearts with one another, talking through the joys and sorrows of life. On this particular day, my friend was talking with God on the way to our meeting, and He was telling her things that neither one of us could see coming. There are things in life that my friend has experienced, that I have not. Emotions she has dealt with that are a mystery to me. As we got our coffee and sat down, and our conversation began, I knew there were questions on my heart that I needed to glean her wisdom on, and she willingly complied in answering my questions. Her candor and openness helped me to learn things I needed to know in caring “for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd.” I also needed to learn about being very tender in showing them the way.

As we left our time together, I gave my friend a hug and thanked her for her words of wisdom--and then I also started to apologize for concentrating so long on the things I needed to talk to her about… She said something close to this, “That’s okay. As I was driving here today, I was telling God that I didn’t know why we’re meeting today, and He said to me, ‘This is about Diane today.’”

We both laughed and found tremendous joy in our amazing God! A God who cares so much that He will talk to us like that. A God who cares so much that He already knew I needed help, and He brought me a friend for support. She found great blessings in being used of God, and I found great blessings in His wisdom that flowed through her, and also in knowing that what God was calling me to do was important enough to Him, that He would send me someone to help me get it done! She wasn’t “calculating what she could get out of it, but was tenderly showing me the way.”

God cares for His children. You and me! He cares about the smallest detail of our lives, and He uses those around us to help us in any way we need help. And He talks to us still to this day!

David needed help; otherwise Saul would have captured him and killed him long before David became King. The interesting thing is, David would not touch Saul because he knew Saul was God’s anointed one. There is a story in 1 Samuel about the day Saul “went into a cave to relieve himself.” Yes, right there in the Bible! And David and his men were hiding in that very cave. It says, “David crept forward and cut off a piece of Saul’s robe. But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. ‘The Lord knows I shouldn’t have done it,’ he said to his men. ‘It is a serious thing to attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.’” (1 Samuel 24)

It doesn’t make sense to us. Why would God anoint someone like Saul, who was going to try and kill someone like David--a man after God’s own heart? Sometimes it seems like we are running away from the battle, but really it is God that we are following… The battle will fight itself. David did not need to kill Saul to become King. That would happen in God’s perfect timing! God is in total control!

Saul seemed to be a crazed King, running after what he would never capture. David listened to God, and gained the kingdom of Israel. It seemed David was meek, but he inherited so much! In David’s meekness--his bowing down to the Lord--there was a power there that Saul could never overtake!

There’s a lot that doesn’t make sense in our world…A LOT! And we can drive ourselves crazy trying to figure out what God is doing, but we never will! Because God is HUGE, and we are very, very small. And God loves us…we’ll never quite figure that out either, but it’s true!

Common sense is a gift which God gave to human nature;
but common sense is not the gift of His Son. Supernatural
sense is the gift of His Son; never enthrone common sense…
Our ordinary wits never worship God unless they are
transfigured by the indwelling Son of God. We have to see that
this mortal flesh is kept in perfect subjection to Him and that
He works through it moment by moment.
Oswald Chambers

That’s what David was doing, keeping his flesh in perfect subjection to God. That’s where we can rest in life, and find our peace. It’s also where the excitement of life is! That’s what my friend and I got to experience as we spent time together. What made no sense to us--when it seemed there was no specific reason why we were getting together, and we could have easily canceled and met another day--God had a purpose already in mind. That’s why we have to be listening and keep in “perfect subjection to Him.” Because, we don’t want to miss what God is doing!! It makes every day Christmas, and the gifts God reveals are amazing!

We wonder, is God really in the small stuff?
Well, we are very, very small stuff, and He lives in us!
So He must be!!

We can’t know what’s way out there in other galaxies. We can’t know the names of all the stars in the sky. We can’t know what lies in the depths of the ocean, but we can know the Creator of it all, and that’s an awesome privilege!

Look up into the heavens.
      Who created all the stars?
   He brings them out like an army, one after another,
      calling each by its name.
   Because of his great power and incomparable strength,
      not a single one is missing.
  O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?
      O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?
  Have you never heard?
      Have you never understood?
   The Lord is the everlasting God,
      the Creator of all the earth.
   He never grows weak or weary.
      No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
  He gives power to the weak
      and strength to the powerless.
  Even youths will become weak and tired,
      and young men will fall in exhaustion.
  But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
      They will soar high on wings like eagles.
   They will run and not grow weary.
      They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:26-31 (NLT)

David was a young man who was brave enough to kill a giant. He was also a man who might have appeared full of fear as he ran and ran away from King Saul, but he survived to become an anointed King himself. He was a man who sinned, and was forgiven. He was a man who poured his heart out to God in his distress, and was heard. He was a man, a human being, just as we are, and he knew God, just as we can.

Why God placed us here, on this tiny planet, in this tiny bit of space, only God can know. But when we begin to think it’s all about us, or that our problems are too big for even God to handle, or that we are the one in control…we need to think again, and begin to pray and focus our hearts and minds on the Creator of all the earth.

In looking out at all that surrounds this planet, we can know that our earth is only a very tiny part of all that God is doing, and yet in knowing God as David did, we can know that God loves each individual heart, and that His Spirit indwells the hearts of those who choose to worship Him as their Creator.

The Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ lives within us, and through Him, miracles happen still to this day--and we can hear the voice of our God still to this day. David was special to God, and so are we! Mary was special to God, and God chose her to carry the life of His very own Son.
We have been chosen too…Amen.

Until we meet again,
Diane