• Joey Turner

He is Big, Small, Here, and There


I am really a fan of the simple things. My ideas and creative thoughts can be put into a nice neat box and then sealed so nothing spills out between the cracks of the lid. I am not a fan of hard riddles or thoughts that make you think for a long time. All of those things really hurt my brain.

Here is an example I picked up from Vince Antonucci, let’s say you have Pinocchio standing in front of you. (It could happen!) Pinocchio looks you straight in the eyes and says, “My nose will grow now.” Uh oh, we have a problem. He said his nose will grow. If it doesn’t, he was lying, but if he was lying his nose would grow. But if his nose does grow it means he was telling the truth, but if he was telling the truth, his nose wouldn’t grow. Now my brain hurts, does yours?

In Psalm 19, David expresses the greatness of God. He says, “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. God has made a home in the heavens for the sun. It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding. It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race. The sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat.” Amen to the greatness of God!

God does not fit in our box! In Isaiah 55:9 it says, “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” When I read this verse it says that we are never going to figure God out. My mind is blown even when I try to think about His awesomeness.

I know that I should be glad for that. Our brains use twenty percent of our body’s energy, and it weighs only three pounds. Understanding God? I have trouble answering Trivia Pursuit questions. If I could understand Him, He’s got to be less complex than the directions of how to put together shelves from Lowes. You know, I suspect we would all have trouble with this.

God being beyond me is a good thing, but His “hugeness” twists my brain like a pretzel from Auntie Ann’s. Here’s what I mean…

God is omnipresent. This is a fancy way of saying, He is everywhere. That may not sound so perplexing to some, but think about this. Yes, God is big, but it also means He is small. He is the God of the universe, yet He is also the God in the smallest places. He looks over the entire earth, yet He is the God of the most intricate veins inside me.

Remember in Psalm 8 David said, “O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place – “God is huge. David is trying to wrap is mind around how big God is. How are you doing with that?

His vastness lets me know there is a reason for me to believe in Him. Every human being ever created has something inside of them which tells them there is something beyond this life. Every human desires to worship something, even those who have never heard about Jesus. They choose something to worship. Why? We were all made for God.

He is big, but He is also small. Psalm 139 says, “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” (Psalm 139: 1-2, 3, 13, 16, 23) David says that God is familiar with us, He desires to be intimate.

God is small for us and for me I must tell you that is comforting to know.

God’s smallness should take away my worry. When we have a God who is so small that He knows the number of hairs, or the lack of hairs, on our heads then freaking out in a tough place is not necessary. It’s a waste of my time and yours.

God is everywhere, He is big and He is small. Do you realize what that means? Everywhere I go, He goes. He’s everywhere I am and everywhere I am not. He is in the Christian nations and the atheistic nations. He is where I am right now and He is beside the evil dictator who thinks he is in charge.

It rocks my world today knowing that God is everywhere I am. That is huge. It means wherever I go God is with me. In Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” God is with me and if you know Him, He is with you as well.

God’s closeness in my life gives me confidence to live each day. If He is for me, who can be against me. I will never walk into a room alone. Everywhere I go, I am joined by God who is my cheerleader, my secret service agent, my defense attorney, my guide, and my personal counselor. He is even what I do not know I need yet. Mind blown!

God is also there. Everywhere I am not, He is there. That’s also a huge deal. That means I do not have to be present for God’s presence to be present. He’s in the surgical room, the cancer ward, the prisons. He’s at the soup kitchen, the Dream Center, the church at the village of Turea in Romania.

I feel like David when I realize God is present in the places I am not. He is working in the places that I never realized He could work. When I think about this God who loves me I am led to worship Him. God is more amazing and active than I could ever even imagine. How do I not worship a God like this?

My God is so big He does not fit into my box and I am so glad of that today. I wish that I could write more about Him, but no blog, novel, anthem, movie, world, or universe could ever hold the words that should be used to describe His greatness. David tried to speak of my God’s greatness in Psalm 19, but even his words fall short of touching His greatness. Do you know this big, small, here, there God? For lack of words, He is awesome.

(My blog was written with the help of Vince Antonucci, “God of the Cosmos and Quarks”)


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