More nights than not, we gather ’round the table before bed time with a snack, a story, and a Scripture. As the kiddos munch and listen, we share tales and talk Truths. It’s been our routine for as long as I can remember and though it isn’t always orderly or easy, it’s one of my favorite times of day.
I love the slowness of the moments before bed time, and I love the stillness it brings to the ears and hearts that gather. Before the lights dim and the dreams start, we spend those last moments together. And I like that. I like that a lot.
So tonight as it was my turn (daddy and I share this special time of story-telling and shepherding), I read from our devotional, Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God and Science by Louie Giglio.
Tonight was all about the biggest and baddest stars in the solar system. As we talked about Betelgeuse–a star that could contain 262 trillion Earths inside of it–we marveled at the big-ness of God.
To be honest, I was having my own set of shock-and-awe emotions as I read. In astonishment, I semi-rhetorically asked, “Isn’t it amazing that the God who created the biggest of stars is also the same God that cares about our little selves?”
The kids nodded with mouths full of ice cream.
And then I followed up with another question. To be honest, I assumed they wouldn’t have an answer for my question. But alas, they did. And like always, it was better than anything I could have shared from my mama-mouth.
“Why do you think it matters that we serve a God that is the creator of such BIG stars?”
Immediately, Caden piped up and said, “Because if He’s big then we can trust Him with everything in our lives.”
My 35 year-old self was blown away by his 7 year-old response.
Isn’t that the hard-fast Truth, friends?!?!
Because He is BIG, we can trust Him.
And as I let those words flood over me, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace. But before I had time to really marinade in the minute, Caden immediately followed up with a set of words that hit my heart even harder than the first.
“Mommy, isn’t it super cool that God created BIG stars so far away and also comes down and is so near to us?”
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!??!?!?!
I am pretty sure I gave him a “deer-in-the-headlights” look as I nodded my head in absolute agreement.
I’m not sure how long it took for the words to form, but I said something along the brilliant lines of, “Yes, yes, yes!”
Yes, son. YES! In His BIG-NESS, He still pursues near-ness.
And for me, that’s exactly what my little soul needed to hear. I needed to be reminded that God is BIG…AND YET…He still draws near to my little self.
And maybe you need to hear it too?
God is BIG, and He is NEAR.
As I have sat and thought about the profound and Spirit-led words of our son, I can’t help but remember the sweet words of Peter 4:19–words that have been both honey and water to my tired and thirsty soul.
So then, let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator while doing what is good.
Did you catch that?
When we suffer while we doing good, we can entrust ourselves to WHO?
A FAITHFUL CREATOR!
The God who created those BIG, ‘ol stars is not only the same God that draws near to us in the middle of our “hard,” but He is also the same God who can handle all of that “hard.”
Friends, the God who created the star that can hold 262 trillion earths is the same God who comes down to our little earth, takes up residence in our little selves, and then empowers and refreshes our little, weary souls with His BIG SELF.
I don’t know about you, but that is comforting. WAAAAYYYYYY comforting.
There is nothing “too big.”
There is nothing “too hard.”
And there is nothing “too much” for the BIG God who draws near.
Let us then with confidence [confidence in the FAITHFUL CREATOR] draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace [when He draws near] to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16