Recently my kindergarten girl, Tarah, has been thinking on her own more and more. You know that stage when children start to ask all kinds of questions? She’s there. In the thick of it. Oh, she went through the typical 3 year old stage of questions. That’s a standard age for asking the proverbial “Why?”
You need to sit down on the chair.
Because you could get hurt standing on the chair.
Because the chair might tip over.
Because it isn’t made for standing, you’re supposed to sit on the chair.
Yep, I know you get it. Some days that loop feels as terrible the local park merry-go-round in 2nd grade when I almost hurled on this mean kid, Jack, who wouldn’t stop when I said. Whew. But I digress.
Tarah’s recent two questions about God are good ones. The first one?
What does God do?
“Well, Sweetie, “What doesn’t God do?” might be a better question.
He holds the planets in space and keeps them in the necessary place so that everything moves in order.
He keeps the sun hot and the moon lit. He gives stars their extra twinkles just so we can stare up in wonder.
In the winter, He freezes the ground and provides beautiful snowflakes. This gives the earth a short rest in order to be prepared to make life fresh and new again. In the spring, He brings all the trees to life with new buds and He delivers fresh flowers right in our yard. In the summer, He keeps the sun shiny and knows just when we need rain. In the fall, He produces good fruits and vegetables for us to pick in the garden.
Not only does He take care of the whole universe and the whole earth, but he also takes care of all the people on the earth. He listens to our cares and answers our prayers. He shares our hurts and He celebrates our joys. He loves us so much that no matter how busy He is, He can never be too busy. You see, God is everywhere. He’s not limited to one place like we are. He can see and hear everything that is happening in the whole wide world and He even knows everything you are thinking. God does so, so much that Mommy can’t even tell you about all the things He does. He is that wonderful.”
Does God know His numbers?
“Oh, wow. That’s a great question. Yes, God surely knows His numbers. He knows His numbers so well that there is no number too far for God to count. The Bible tells us specifically that God knows every hair on our heads and how many are there. Remember that day you cut your hair without asking Mommy? God knew about that the very moment that you did it. But you know what else? There is something that God doesn’t keep track of. Once we have asked Jesus for forgiveness of our sins, God doesn’t count them. He doesn’t even remember them. He loves us so much that He stops counting our sins. Instead, He counts how much He loves us. There is no way we could ever count that high.”
And the sweet Tarah had more food for thought…
When was the last time you stopped counting your sins…or maybe someone else’s sins… and you started trying to count how much love God has for you?
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Eph. 3:14-19
Oh how I love this passage. Sometimes I think we, as grown Christian adults, resort back to thinking like my kindergarten girl. At least I know I do. I forget that God is never too busy for me. In fact, He craves time with me. Little ol’ me! And no matter how much He is doing, He can’t stop being who He is. And He’s not counting my sins, mercy, no. He just wants me to ask him for forgiveness. His love is just that big and bigger!
Are you feeling like you just can’t understand what God is doing in your life? Maybe a few moments of reflecting on the passage above is just what you need to remember who God is.
God does so much for you, yet He is never too busy for you.
He craves time with you and loves you far more than you can ever count.
His love for you is so huge that you can’t wrap your mind around it, yet this is the very fact that offers the strength to keep going.
May you begin to know and feel the warmth of His love wrapped all the way around you today.