Unboxing God – Beyond Me
Key Bible Verse: “My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” – Isaiah 55:8
Bonus Reading: Isaiah 55:9-11
Psychiatrist Robert Coles asked a girl if she thought much about God. It turned out Meaghan did.
She reflected on a friend of her father, hospitalized with lung cancer. She wondered aloud how a “God in heaven” can find the time to take note of each and every “Mr. Boyle” in this world of billions and billions of people. “How can it be?” she asked Coles. He admitted that he’d never been able to answer that question.
Well, she reflected, “I guess He’s not one of us! He was, but then He went back to being God. I guess if you’re God you know everything, but the way you know everything—it’s different.
In church they say we should pray a lot, and I try to remember … I think of Him, and I try to talk to Him. I ask Him the same questions, like how He remembers everything. You know what He says: ‘I just do!'”
Coles concludes, “At only 12 years of age she’d learned of His inscrutability; she’d also learned that ‘His ways are not ours’ … He lives beyond the eyes and the ears, she told me, beyond the human mind—and she struggled to bridge that infinite distance with her imagined scenes of God in heaven, her provocative questions.”
—Timothy Jones in Nurturing a Child’s Soul
My Response: Is my inability to fully comprehend God frustrating or reassuring? Why?
Thought to Apply: Dear God: Are you really invisible or is that just a trick? —Lucy (in Children’s Letters to God)
Adapted from Nurturing a Child’s Soul (Word, 2000)
Prayer for the Week: Although You are beyond my comprehension, Lord, I long to know You better. Give me a closer glimpse of Your glory.