“Aslan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.”
“That is because you are older, little one,” answered he.
“Not because you are?”
“I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.” —from Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
When I was growing up in the church, my God could fit in my Bible. I took Him out every Sunday morning at Sunday school and at children’s church. When I got home, I put Him on my desk until the next time I went to church. I never let Him out any other time.
But as I grew older, He started getting out more. I started seeing Him everywhere. I would read a book or watch a movie, and something within the story would remind me of Him. I would listen to a song and the music would resonate so deep within me that I knew it had to be God. Only He knew how to reach those places.
He didn’t just fit in a Sunday morning service or a Wednesday night class. He was everywhere.
He kept getting bigger and bigger.
And now, no matter how hard I try to get Him back to a small, manageable size, He just won’t fit. He’s too big.
I try to limit Him, set boundaries, believe that He’s less than He is. But He
consistently proves me wrong.
I want to believe that He has my life set on one particular path. He provides a detour. I want to believe that He can’t heal people anymore. He does. I want to believe that He doesn’t really know me, and with one verse He shows me He does.
The more I learn about Him in His Word and just in the context of our relationship, the more I discover that I’m just scratching the surface.
He’s bigger than any of us give Him credit. He’s bigger than the words of a worship song. He’s bigger than the words I’m attempting to use to describe Him.
Every one of us is trying to find some way to explain this great, big God. And every effort falls so short.
His love is huge. His grace is enormous. His holiness is overwhelming.
The older I get, the more I realize I don’t have God figured out. He doesn’t work the way I do. He doesn’t love the way I do. He doesn’t see the way I see. I know some truths about Him, but the depths of those truths go way beyond any limits I put on Him.
That’s why I’ll spend the rest of my life in this relationship with Him. That’s
why every day is about discovering something new. That’s why every day is about experiencing Him in new ways. He is so much bigger than I ever thought He was.
And that is so very, very good.
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