Kia Ora everyone. Rob here.
Growing up in New Zealand’s South Island I was always aware of God’s bigness. When your landscape is large glacial lakes and a snow capped mountain range, it becomes ingrained in you somehow. This is why I love the natural world: it helps my reverence; it keeps me on my knees. I’m drawn to places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and the Southern Alps because there are times when I just need to feel God’s bigness, his transcendence, his glory. And also, I need to feel small.
While I love the fact that it’s ‘Christ in us’ that’s the hope of glory; that the “Father and Son have made their home in us’; and the Holy Spirit has been given to us a guarantee of what’s to come, I also agree with Richard Rohr when he writes this in his superb book, “The Divine Dance,”
God must be utterly beyond in order to have any significance within.
God has to be big in order to take us anywhere of significance. I love this lyric from Bethel music.
So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name
Even while we proclaim that God is Abba, Father; that he’s our brother Christ and our friend, the King; that he’s an intimate lover of our souls, we must also retain the need and desire to bow the knee to him. To know that God is the Creator of all, the Lord of history and the One who fills the heavens with his presence, is essential to us being able to trust him with our lives. If God is transcendent then he can help us transcend our circumstances. If God is mighty then he can overcome the obstacles that lay in front of us. If God is the one who redeems all of life, past, present and future, then we can trust him with our life’s story.
If God is only powerful, but never intimate, then we will never invite him into our hearts. If God is only loving presence, but lacks power, then we’d be foolish to trust him. We’d be better off making our own arrangements. But, the God of galaxies is also the God of atoms. He made redwoods and daisies; mountains and moles; canyons and prairies. He is the God who destroyed Pharaoh and his armies, and the God who loved his mother while hanging on a cross. This is a God we can trust. We can trust in his love, and in his power. He will heal our broken places and make a path for our feet. He will lift us to our feet, but may he find us on our knees more often.
If you want to kiss the sky, better learn how to kneel – U2.
Grace and peace everyone.