The girls and I were walking througth the park near the pier when we came upon the most beautiful tree. The ancient look of the trunk and the limbs send the imagination racing through fantisciful story books and movies. It looked like something out of Lord of the Rings. “Do you think I can get a picture of the tree and capture what we’re seeing,” I asked my wife. “No way. You could never capture the beauty with a camera,” she said. She was right. Even after several attempts and some fruitless edits, I just couldn’t pin down the experience.
Like that tree, God isnt’ captured in a snapshot, but rather through a full-bodied experience of a lifetime. Like the limbs of the tree, it takes climbing on the strong arms of God to know that His reliability stretches far beyond their looks. I gazed up at the canopy of the mighty tree and saw it like the canopy of God’s grace—that if I stood beneath it and let it cover me, that it would cover me completely, with peace and awe.
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. (Psalm 139:1-12 NIV)
God is so big, but not so big that we can’t experience Him. We were made for God and God has joyfully given Himself for us. Being made in the image of God means that we can relate with Him and He with us. But we must relate. If we fail to walk under His canopy, fail to climb on His strong arms, if we only try and take a snapshot of who He is, we will miss the experience and His beauty.
May you trust in God in the circumstances you find yourself in today. Whether through a walk in the park or a great battle with illness, lean on those everylasting arms and experience for yourself the God who is bigger than life.