Monday, July 11, 2016
“While God, for the most part, allows this cosmos to work according to the laws of nature, there is never a time when He is not actively involved in every detail of life.” ― Charles R. Swindoll
Some folks believe in a distant, kind of clockmaker God, who just sits and watches the hands of time go round and round and never intervenes. That’s not me. I believe in a “hands-on” kind of God. Christ told the thief on the cross that he would be with Christ that day in paradise. That’s my kind of God, the one that will reach out and touch and promise. I believe those promises, so I ask, knock, and seek knowing I’ll be heard, and that my entreaties will be answered. I have a non-believer friend who says there is no way God can keep up with seven billion individuals and all their wants and needs. I pointed out to him that all seven billion don’t seek God and many never talk to Him or even want to believe that He sees all that they do. Besides, of course God can keep up with all of us because we do it ourselves. Seven billion is just a drop in the bucket to the over one hundred billion nerve endings in the human body. Yep, over a hundred billion and every single one of us knows what is going on with every single one of them. You feel the breeze on your cheeks, you feel the pressure of the chair on your back, the tiniest hangnail will grab your attention in an instant. Think about it, you, yourself, are in constant communication with billions of nerve endings and know which ones are okay and which ones need attention. Think about a human hair. A human hair is very thin, very small, and the average head has over 100,000 of them and they cover our arms, legs and other parts. Just take one of the 100,000 on a person’s head, and they won’t even feel it when you lift it, but if you pull it out—that tiny thing, that little hair will cause enough pain for a person to cry out and to know exactly from where it was pulled. If we, simple humans, can know and be in touch with, and constantly adjust, correct, heal, and medicate even a few nerve cells—how hard is it to imagine that God knows where we all are and what we need? My God interacts with me all the time, the same way I know when my hair is out of place, or if I have a pain in my leg, or if my glasses are slipping down my nose. We instantly and always are aware of billions of nerve endings, so to assume that there are too many people for God to attend is just silly if you think about it. If you can’t imagine a God who can be with you and me at the same time tending to both our needs on opposite sides of the world—well, your God is too small. God has huge hands in which to hold you, unlimitless love with which to care for you, relentless in His pursuit of your openness to Him, and unconditional in His mercy and forgiveness. God will be in your life all the time if you will but invite Him. Maybe some of us are uncomfortable with God being present for every conversation and interaction with others, but He is there whether you are comfortable with Him being there or not. You can’t hide from Him, so why not invite Him in? When God is with you all the time, every day, you don’t have to find a church or a pastor to intercede for you. You just have a little chat with Him, and He listens. He also speaks to you, all the time, in many ways because we are so reluctant to hear. He sends signs and messages over and over. There is nothing more constant than God in your life, so get used to it. Enjoy it. Embrace it. Find the joy He brings, the comfort He brings, and the strength He brings. God is not distant, not far away, and doesn’t need special places or special people to interact with Him. All He needs is for you to open your arms and your heart to Him, and He will rush in, and your life will never be the same again. Just do it.