Just a random little note today…
A friend of mine shared an interesting NPR article today. It talked about how “big” events, places, and things are/were, scale-wise, and it was WILD to look at and imagine. They ended the article with a picture of Africa… and had an awesome way of describing it’s enormity… check out the picture below.How wild is that?! All of China, Europe, India, Japan and the USA fit inside! In a way it is a bit daunting… that is a lot of land, and with it, a lot of people. More than 1 billion souls… incredible. My mind starts racing, how can the love of God reach all of them? It seems too hard, too much, too BIG!
But then, I stop and think about God. Talk about big!! The word says, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27) Too right, God.
It has always been hard for me to fully trust God. I find myself covering all my bases in case He doesn’t come through for me. But what He really wants from me is surrender, complete surrender… its a lot to ask. Come, sweet release, come!
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
Do I believe that God is big enough to cover not only me, but all of Africa in His love? You are so big, Lord, help my small faith to grow.