We’ve all seen those pictures. You know, those cutesy little imaginative pictures on Facebook or Instragram where someone seems to be pinching the sun or holding the moon in their hands. The first hundred are fun. The thousands that follow, not so much. That’s the problem with pictures on social media. Once one person does it, every other person on the planet has to mimic the same pose. With that aside, these pictures teach us a valuable lesson about perspective.
We know that no one is really able to pinch the sun or to hold the moon. It’s the perspective of the camera to the person and the person to the object that makes the picture possible. The angle of the shot and our distance from the heavens make such an image seem real. Almost as if we’ve shrunk the sun and or the moon. We can’t shrink the sun or hold the moon in the palm of our hands, but our perspective makes it look as if we can.
In a similar way, we have a tendency to shrink God. We let our problems and our circumstances grow so large that they seem to dwarf the God that created everything that is. The very God that spoke everything into existence and holds the whole world in His hands is unable to deal with the problems of our lives. He’s not big enough to move us through our circumstances. He’s not powerful enough to prevail over them. Our perspective has made Him a teeny, tiny little god who does the miraculous on the pages of Scripture or works His power out in the lives of others, but is unable to deal with the issues that confront us. From our vantage point, our problems are the center of the picture. They are dominant. God is the minuscule object in the background.
When my kids were little, they used to watch Veggietales. In one of the episodes, Junior Asparagus is facing a sleepless night because of his fears. Bob the Tomato calms him by singing “God is bigger than the boogie man. He’s bigger than Godzilla or the monsters on TV. Oh, God is bigger than the boogie man, and he’s watching out for you and me” (if you’ve seen this episode, you’re singing right now aren’t you?). In the Bible, the Apostle Paul conveys the same idea (without the singing vegetables) in his prayer for the Christians in Ephesus. He writes:
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV)
God is bigger than whatever it is you are going through. I don’t say that minimizing the seriousness of the issues in your life. I say that maximizing the power and the person of God. Don’t limit Him. Don’t let your problems and your circumstances dwarf Him. Don’t let your perspective shrink Him. You and I may not be able to pinch the sun or hold the moon in our hands, but God can. And, He can hold you and deal with the circumstances of your life at the same time. He’s a big God. Actually, He’s bigger than that.